Durham County DSS Offers low income energy assistance
Durham, NC-- Durham residents needing help to pay for their heating expenses can apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) offered by the Durham County Department of Social Services beginning Monday, December 1, 2016. LIEAP funds, providing a one-time annual payment to help eligible families cover their heating expenses, will be available until March 31, 2017 or until funds are exhausted.
Residents can submit a LIEAP application at the Old Durham County Department of Social Services Building, located at 220 E. Main St. Applications will be accepted from 8:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
Applications submitted by elderly persons, age 60 and older, or disabled persons receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS), will be accepted from December 1 through December 31, 2016. Households must include an elderly person age 60 and older or a disabled person receiving services through DAAS. Disabled persons are defined as receiving Supplemental Social Security Income, Social Security Disability, or Veterans Administration disability.
Applications for all other households will be taken from January 3-March 31, 2017 or until funds are exhausted.
In preparation for the application process, interested residents should collect required supporting documents and bring them along to submit with the LIEAP application. Applicants must bring a, picture ID, a valid social security number for each household member, verification of all house hold income, and a copy of their heating bill with the account number. Clients must have a heating source such as Duke Energy in order to be eligible.
For more information about the LIEAP or the LIEAP application, call (919) 560-8000.