Assistance Available To Low Income For High Energy Bills

With higher heating bills coming in, people are looking for ways to get them paid.

There is a program with half a million dollar in funds to give away but you have a short amount of time to apply.

The assistance is known as the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, or LIEAP.

Last year LIEAP ran out of money in mid March.

Gwen Burns with the Pitt County Department of Social Services says, "We are encouraging people to come in and apply for the program. We have a lot more money this year than we had last year."

Burns says sign up for the program started in December for those 60 and up, but since the beginning of February, they've opened up the age requirement. She says, "At this point anyone can apply and if they're eligible based on their income and household size they can be assisted with either $200, $300, of $400 towards their heating source."

Every county in the state provides this service but you have to meet the criteria to receive funds.

Contact your county's DSS in order to apply.

You have until March 31st or until the funds run out.