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Crisis Intervention Program (CIP)

The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) provides assistance to low-income households that are in a heating or cooling related emergency and have an income that is below 150% of poverty level.

An eligible household may receive assistance more than one time during the State Fiscal Year (July through June).

The maximum benefit amount per household during the State fiscal Year is $600.

The program is administered via contract with Asheville-Buncombe Community Christian Ministry (ABCCM), Swannanoa Valley Christian Ministry (SVCM) and ELBEN Charities.

Applications for these services are taken at ABCCM, SVCM and Eblen Charities. See information below on how to apply.

Crisis Intervention Services include:

Program pays for:

  • Electric bills
  • Deposits
  • Fuel Oil
  • Kerosene
  • Natural Gas
  • Propane
  • Wood
  • Coal
  • Heaters
  • Furnace Repairs
  • Fans

Program Does Not Pay For:

  • Rent
  • Mortgage
  • Water
  • Rx (Prescription Meds)

Eligibility Requirements:

A household that applies must:

  • Must be a Buncombe County resident
  • Have at least one U.S. Citizen or a noncitizen who meets certain eligibility criteria
  • Countable income must be at or below 150% of the Federal Poverty Level
  • Be in a heating or cooling related emergency
  • Requires final notice for electric and gas 6" oil or less in tank-is based on extreme temperatures
  • Applications will NOT be accepted at Health & Human Services

CIP serves households that are experiencing or in danger of experiencing a life-threatening or health-related emergency and sufficient, timely, and appropriate assistance is not available from any other source.  Life-threatening is defined 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.

What to Bring With You

Verification of Income

How are services paid for?

Payments are made directly to the vendors, oil companies, gas companies and electric, etc.

Appointment Procedure

Apply in person at all locations:

  • ABCCM, 30 Cumberland Avenue, Asheville, NC 28801 — (828) 259-5300
  • SVCM, 101 North Ridgeway Avenue, Black Mountain, NC 28711 — (828) 669-9404
  • Eblen, 50 Westgate Parkway, Asheville, NC 28806 — (828) 255-3066
  • Applications will NOT be accepted at Health & Human Services