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Cold and need help? Apply for energy assistance in Wake County

Posted December 2, 2019 9:20 a.m. EST

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— Wake County is accepting applications for its Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

The program is designed to keep people warm inside heated homes this winter regardless of their income.

Beginning Dec. 2, residents over the age of 60 or those who receive benefits from the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services can apply for a one-time heating supplement. Beginning Jan. 2, all households, including those meeting specified income requirements, may apply.

The deadline to apply is March 31 or until funds are exhausted.

To be eligible, a person must:

  • Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets eligibility criteria
  • Have income equal to or less than 130 percent of the federal poverty limit (for a household of one, an income of $15,782 or less, and for a family of four, an income of $32,630 or less).
  • Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts, cash on hand, at or below $2,250
  • Be responsible for their heating cost

Families can submit an application form online or in person at the following locations:

  • Northern Regional Center, 350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest
  • Eastern Regional Center, 1002 Dogwood Dr., Zebulon
  • Southern Regional Center, 130 N. Judd Parkway, NE, Fuquay-Varina
  • Human Services Swinburne Center, 220 Swinburne St., Raleigh
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