Energy Programs

Instructions for completing Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) application:
Low Income Energy Assistance Applications are only accepted during certain months.  See Criteria below:

The following is the priority group that can apply for benefits for LIEAP from December 1 through December 31:

  1. Households containing an elderly person age 60 and above, or
  2. Households containing persons with disabilities that receives services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS).  Disabled persons are defined as receiving Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Social Security Administration (SSA), or Veterans Administration (VA) disability.

Any household can potentially receive benefits from January 1 through March 31 or until funds are exhausted, if all eligibility requirements are met.  If December 1 or January 1 falls on a weekend or holiday, resort to the first working day of the month.  If March 31 falls on a weekend or holiday, resort to the last working day of the month.  

How to Apply for LIEAP:

  • Call DSS at 828-287-1248 and request an application be taken over the phone with a telephonic signature (you may have to leave a message)
  • Complete the online application, (Spanish application) print, and SIGN the application, then Email the SIGNED application to:         Energy@rutherfordcountync.gov
  • Complete the online application, (Spanish application) print, and SIGN the application, then Mail SIGNED application to:  Rutherford County DSS, PO Box 242, Rutherfordton, NC  28160
  • Complete the online application, (Spanish application), print, and SIGN the application, then Fax the SIGNED application to 828-288-3471.
  • Apply in person at your county Division of Social Services Office at 389 Fairground Road Spindale NC 28160
Households meet income eligibility if the total household members' countable income for the base period (month(s) prior to application) is equal to or less than 150% of the current poverty level.

NOTE - LIEAP has a reserve limit of $2,250 or less.

LIEAP INCOME LIMIT CHART

Number Eligible in Household Max Countable Income Number Eligible in Household Max Countable Income
1 $1,580 14 $8,818
2 $2,136 15 $9,375
3 $2,693 16 $9,932
4 $3,250 17 $10,489
5 $3,807 18 $11,046
6 $4,364 19 $11,603
7 $4,921 20 $12,159
8 $5,477 21 $12,716
9 $6,034 22 $13,273
10 $6,591 23 $13,830
11 $7,148 24 $14,387
12 $7,705 25 $14,944
13 $8,262 26 $15,500


Complete and submit an online application via E-pass here.

 



INSTRUCTIONS FOR COMPLETING Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) APPLICATION

Applications are taken July 1 of each year thru June 30 of the following year or until funds are exhausted. 

The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) assists individuals and families who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis.  A household is in a crisis if it is currently experiencing or is in danger of experiencing a life-threatening or health-related emergency and sufficient, timely, and appropriate assistance is not available from any other source.  Life-threatening is defined as a household which has no heating or cooling source, or has a disconnect, final, or past due notice for their primary heating or cooling service and the health or well-being of a household member would be in danger if the heating or cooling crisis was not alleviated.  Each household should be evaluated on a case-by-case basis to determine if there is a heating or cooling crisis.

How to Apply for CIP:

  • Complete the online application, (Spanish application), print, and SIGN the application, then Mail the SIGNED application to:  Rutherford County DSS, PO Box 242, Rutherfordton, NC  28160
  • Complete the online application, (Spanish application), print, and SIGN the application, then Fax the SIGNED application to 828-288-3471.
  • Apply in person at your county Division of Social Services office at 389 Fairground Road Spindale NC 28160.
The household meets income eligibility if the total household’s members’ countable income is equal to or less than 150% of the current poverty.  See chart below.

CIP INCOME LIMIT CHART

Number eligible in household
Max countable income Number eligible in household Max countable income
1 $1,823 14 $10,175
2 $2,465 15 $10,818
3 $3,108 16 $11,460
4 $3,750 17 $12,103
5 $4,393 18 $12,745
6 $5,035 19 $13,388
7 $5,678 20 $14,030
8 $6,320 21 $14,673
9 $6,963 22 $15,315
10 $7,605 23 $15,958
11 $8,248 24 $16,600
12 $8,890 25 $17,243
13 $9,533 26 $17,885


For more information contact Tammy Carter at 828-287-6268