Citizens may apply for financial help with heating bills

County residents may apply to receive financial assistance for their heating bills through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP). The LIEAP program helps eligible families with their primary heating expense by providing a one-time annual payment directly to their heating vendor, such as an electric, gas or fuel oil company.

The Currituck County Department of Social Services will accept LIEAP applications until December 29, 2023 for households containing a member age 60 and older OR containing a disabled person (receiving SSI, SSA Disability or VA Disability payments), who is also receiving a service through the Department of Aging and Adult Services.

  • If you received a letter stating you are auto eligible because of the following: (1) You are in the “December eligible group” as explained above, AND (2) You received LIEAP last year, AND (3) You are currently receiving Food Nutrition Services benefits…YOU DO NOT have to apply.  Please refer to the letter mailed to you on November 21, 2023 for more information.  Any changes from what is listed on the letter need to be reported by December 6, 2023.  Approval Notices should be mailed on January 4, 2024.

Applications for all other households will be taken from January 2 – March 29, 2024 unless funds have been exhausted.

Applicants are not required to bring anything with them to apply, however the following items will expedite the application process:

  • The account number (or bill) for their heating vendor.
  • Proof of all income for everyone living in the home.
  • Social security numbers, if available.

Additional information about this program can be viewed at:  https://www.ncdhhs.gov/divisions/social-services/energy-assistance/low-income-energy-assistance-lieap.

Citizens may apply online at https://epass.nc.gov/ or in person at the Department of Social Services. Paper applications may be printed from https://epass.nc.gov/ and then dropped off, emailed, faxed, or mailed.

For more information, contact the Currituck County Department of Social Services at 252-232-3083.