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New Hanover County residents can receive assistance with heating costs

NEW HANOVER CTY - New Hanover County will begin taking applications on December 1 for the state’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) for qualified households. The program provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families pay their heating expenses during the cold-weather months.
“Last year, we worked with 2,783 New Hanover County households to help them stay warm and safe through the winter,” said New Hanover County’s Social Services Director Michelle Winstead. “We encourage anyone who is having difficulty with their utility bill this winter to come in and apply.”
Households containing a person aged 60 or older, or an individual receiving disability benefits and services through the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services are eligible to apply for assistance beginning December 1. All other households may apply from January 2 through March 31, 2018, or until funds are exhausted.
New Hanover County Department of Social Services (DSS) administers the program locally, and applications must be done in person at DSS, located at 1650
Greenfield Street. Those eligible to apply in December can also apply at the locations and times listed below.
For more information call 910-798-3400.
• December 7: Senior Resource Center, 2222 South College Rd., Wilmington, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
• December 12: New Hanover Downtown Library (Masonboro Room), 201 Chestnut St., Wilmington, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
• December 14: Jervay Community Center, 2023 Adams St., Wilmington, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
• December 19: White Oak Apartments, 7235 Darden Rd., Wilmington, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.