NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County residents who need help on this year's heating bills can start applying for assistance on December 1. Low Income Energency Assistance Program (LIEAP) applicants should be aware of changes in the program this year, though.
Households will no longer automatically receive a LIEAP check in February, according to a news release. Payments will be paid directly to the heating provider, such as your power, gas, or fuel oil company.
The application period is from December 1 to January 31, 2012. Priority will be given to the elderly population, 60 and above, and disabled persons receiving services through the North Carolina Division of Aging and Adult Services. Applications are available at the New Hanover County Department of Social Services, located at 1650 Greenfield Street.