Nov. 12, 2021
Two programs to assist low-income households with heating bills are available through Mecklenburg’s Department of Social Services.
Crisis Intervention Program(CIP): Funds are available year-round until they are depleted. Coordinator Ginny Harper writes that the program can “assist low income individuals and/or families who are experiencing a heating- or cooling-related crisis or health-related emergency due to the threat of a utility disconnection.”
Funds may cover deposits and reconnection fees. And to qualify, families need not wait until disconnection day to receive assistance. Fliers outline how to apply online, phone, e-mail or in person. Fliers are downloadable as PDFs in English and Spanish and below as a JPG in English.
Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP): Available Dec. 1-March 31, the program offers one-time state grants of $300-$500 to cover heating costs. Grant goes directly to utility company. Details are in fliers. Fliers are downloadable as PDFs in English and Spanish and below as a JPG in English.