State of North Carolina Offering Energy Assistance Programs.

January 13, 2021

In an effort to continue to help individuals and families living in North Carolina, the State is offering, not one, but two energy assistance programs.  The first being the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and the other being the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP).  Both of these programs recognize the need to help residents in North Carolina with heating and energy costs.

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is federally-funded and may be able to provide a one-time payment of heating bills for eligible households.  Eligibility and other requirements for this program are based on criteria that can be found on the NC Division of Health and Human Services (NCDHHS) website here.  In order to apply for this program, please contact your local Department of Social Services (DSS) for the application dates and for additional information.


The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) is also federally-funded and assists people who have a heating and cooling related crisis, which they define 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.”  Eligibility and other requirements for this program are based on criteria that can be found on the NC DHHS website here.  Applications for this program can be found on the NC DHHS website here and mailed, emailed, faxed or dropped off at your local DSS office.

If you would prefer to get information on these programs by telephone, the Dare County Health and Human Services Department is available at #252-475-5500.

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