Eblen Charities’ heating assistance program continues to expand

From Eblen Charities

Press release

Now many who seek heating assistance through these record cold winter days will be receiving additional help thanks to the expanded partnership between Buncombe County Health and Human Services the Eblen Energy Project of the Eblen Charities.

Beginning January 4th, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be expanding to help more families keep warm in Buncombe County by opening up the program to all households having anyone who is at least 130% of the poverty level.

Even families who may have received assistance through other heating and utility assistance programs may be eligible for the LIEAP funds giving these hard working and deserving families a little extra breathing room as the cold winter arrives.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program funds assist households that are vulnerable due to heating costs by providing a one-time payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.

In partnership with Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services the Low Income Energy Assistance Program is open to all households at 130% of poverty level (example: single member household $1,275, family of two $1,726, family of four $2,627) and provides a one-time vendor payment of $200, $300, or $400 based on household size and income for homes that use electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, or kerosene. Families using wood or coal will be eligible to receive $200 regardless of family size.

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to again partner with Buncombe County and the Department of Health and Human Services with LIEAP program this year,” states Bill Murdock, Executive Director of the Eblen Charities.“ We have a great responsibility to find ways to reach out and keep those who are most susceptible to the cold keep warm this winter and thanks to adding the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, a great many who seek help through Eblen will not be left out in the cold.

How to Apply:

Individuals and families are encouraged to apply at the Eblen Charities Waddell Client Service Center at 50 Westgate Parkway in the Westgate Shopping Center anytime from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Eblen Charities will extend hours on Tuesdays throughout the winter months until 7 PM . Applicants must bring in proof of income, photo ID, and Social Security cards for everyone in the home.

If unable to apply in person, phone applications may be taken by calling 828-255-3066. The completed application will be mailed for signature along with instructions regarding other documents needed to process application.

If you are in need of assistance, or for more information please contact please contact Eblen Charities at 828-255-3066 or visit www.eblencharities.org and click on the LIEAP link.

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