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Heating Assistance Expands to Cover More Families

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) has expanded 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.

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 $1,307
  • family of two $1,759
  • family of four $2,665

LIEAP 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.

Where 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 8am to 5pm, Monday through Friday.

Expanded Hours

Eblen Charities is currently offering the “Eblen After Hours” program in which the Waddell Client Service Center will remain open until 7pm every Tuesday for all programs.

How to Apply:

  • Individuals interested in applying for LIEAP are not required to have a Photo ID or Social Security Card. As part of the application process there will be verification of any employment as well as a valid social security number, when available for each household member. 
  • 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 contact Eblen Charities at 255-3066 or visit www.eblencharities.org.