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DSS offers assistance with heating costs

Thursday, November 21, 2013

The Wilson County Department of Social Services will offer its Low Income Energy Assistance program beginning Dec. 2.

The program assists low-income individuals age 60 and older or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services.

In 2011 the N.C. Division of Social Services evaluated the program and made changes mandated by the General Assembly.

"Staff have been preparing in recent months for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program,” said Lara Gurganus, DSS’ adult intervention team leader. “We continue our efforts to reach out to our older adult population to let them know about the eligibility requirements and how this could assist them during the winter months."

Eligibility requirements this year include:

  • At least one household member must be age 60 and above or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services;
  • Meet income/resource eligibility and must apply. Household must be responsible for its’ heating expense;
  • Household must be responsible for its heating expenses;
  • Meet citizenship eligibility.

Those who meet the above requirements can fill out an application at the Wilson County Department of Social Services beginning Monday, Dec. 2 through Friday, Jan. 3 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. or until funds are exhausted.

If funds are still available after that time period, all other households can apply Feb. 1 through March 31 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Officials said there will not be automatic approvals. Energy payments will go directly to the service provider, which can include power, gas or oil companies.

DSS is located at 100 Gold St. For more information about the Low Income Energy Assistance program, call 206-4100.