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Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)
The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families pay their heating expense.

Only households containing an elderly person age 60 or above or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) are eligible to potentially receive benefits from December 1st through December 31st or until funds are exhausted.  Disabled persons are defined as receiving SSI, SSA, or VA disability.

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

Households meet income eligibility if the total household members' countable income for base period (month(s) prior to application) is equal to or less than 130% of the current poverty level.

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

No.
Eligible in
Household
Maximum
Countable
Income
No.
Eligible in
Household
Maximum
Countable
Income
1 1,315 14 7,399
2 1,783 15 7,867
3 2,251 16 8,335
4 2,719 17 8,803
5 3,187 18 9,271
6 3,655 19 9,739
7 4,123 20 10,207
8 4,591 21 10,675
9 5,059 22 11,143 
10 5,527 23 11,611
11 5,995 24 12,079 
12 6,463 25 12,547
13 6,931 26  13,015 

How to Apply
Location: 
Rutherford County Department of Social Services
389 Fairground Road - BUILDING C
Spindale, NC  28160

No appointment is necessary.  Applications are accepted during regular business hours.  Depending on the time of the year, usually during the winter months there could be a waiting period before a worker is able to see you.  Each county in North Carolina is given a specific allocation for each fiscal year; therefore, funding is limited.
For more information contact Rebecca Kennedy at 828-287-6268 or rebecca.kennedy@rutherfordcountync.gov


Crisis Intervention Program

The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) serves 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 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.

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.


No.
Eligible In
Household  
Maximum
Countable 
No.
Eligible in
Household 
Maximum
Countable
Income 
 1  $1,518  14  $8,538
 2  $2,058  15  $9,078
 3  $2,598  16  $9,618
 4  $3,138  17  $10,158
 5  $3,678  18  $10,698
 6  $4,218  19  $11,238 
 7  $4,758  20  $11,778
 8  $5,298  21  $12,318
 9  $5,838  22  $12,858
 10  $6,378  23  $13,398
 11  $6,918  24  $13,938
 12  $7,458  25  $14,478
 13  $7,998  26  $15,018