The Cherokee County Department of Social Services has received additional funding for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) and will be accepting applications from Cherokee County residents beginning immediately. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families pay their heating expense.
Any household who has not received assistance this program year (beginning December 2017) can potentially receive benefits through March 31st 2018 or until funds are exhausted.
If you wish to apply for LIEAP, then you will need to come to Cherokee County DSS at 4800 W US Highway 64, Murphy, North Carolina in order to complete an application. Office hours are 8:00 am until 5:00 pm Monday through Friday, except State holidays. If you have questions regarding the LIEAP program or the application process, please call the Cherokee County Department of Social Services at 837-7455 ext 239.
LIEAP funds cannot pay bills in a deceased person’s name or in the name of a minor child.
Eligibility for the Low Income Energy Assistance program is based on certain non-financial and financial requirements. Each applicant household must meet all requirements. Income limits for LIEAP is equal to or less than 130% of the current poverty level. Benefits are based on the household’s size and income at the time of application. Benefits range from $200 thru $400.00.
Information to bring with you: Social Security Number for all household members, verification of your primary heat source, including the account number, verification of your income for the month prior to application, and your most recent bank statement.
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