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Home heating payment help available for older adults, those with disabilities in North Carolina

A wall-mounted thermostat in a California home. New research finds households that can least afford it are spending more than they have to on electricity.
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A wall-mounted thermostat in a California home. New research finds households that can least afford it are spending more than they have to on electricity.

Older adults and people with disabilities can now apply for the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

The federally funded program helps low-income households with a direct, one-time payment directly to their heating utility company to offset the high cost of warming their homes during the cold weather months.

NCDHHS Senior Director for Human Services Carla West said, "We recognize the cost of heating a home this coming winter will be higher due to an increase in energy prices. Our goal is to ensure older adults and people with disabilities who may be facing a financial hardship have the funds to help with their heating expenses this year."

One member of the household must meet three requirements; they have to be age 60 or older or receiving disability payments through the Division of Aging and Adult Services, currently receiving Food and Nutrition Services; and received a LIEAP payment last winter.

Any household with someone that meets the criteria but didn’t receive notice that automated payment was scheduled can apply online at www.epass.nc.gov.

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