Brunswick County begins accepting LIHEAP applications

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Brunswick County has begun accepting applications for LIHEAP, the annual energy assistance program, from adults who are at least 60 or disabled Dec. 3.

The LIHEAP, or Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families offset winter heating expenses. The household’s total countable income for the base period must be equal to or less than 130 percent of the current poverty level, and the household’s total resources must be $2,250 or less.

Those who are 60 and older or disabled and receiving services from the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) can apply at Social Services in Building B at the county government complex in Bolivia. Applications will be accepted Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

In addition, during the month of December, Social Services staff will take applications at The Brunswick Center at Calabash, Dec. 3 and 20, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Oak Island Senior Site, Dec. 4, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; The Brunswick Center at Leland, Dec. 5 and 12, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; The Brunswick Center at Southport, Dec. 6 and 14, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; The Brunswick Center at Shallotte, Dec. 7 and 18, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Lockwood Folly Community Building, Dec. 10 and 17, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Town Creek Senior Site, Dec. 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.; Ash Senior Site, Dec. 13, 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; and Boiling Spring Lakes Senior Site, Dec. 19, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Those who are homebound may have someone apply on their behalf. The homebound individual must write a statement giving their representative permission to apply on their behalf and provide the representative with eligibility requirements.

Beginning Wednesday, Jan. 2, anyone may apply for the funds, regardless of age or disability. At that time, applications will be taken in person Mondays through Fridays from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Town Creek Park Community Building at 6420 Ocean Highway E. (U.S. 17) in Winnabow.

Applicants must provide all income for the household and its members; checking and savings account statements for all members of the household; all property, stocks, bonds and other assets for all members of the household; the name, date of birth and Social Security number for each member of the household; and a copy of the current heating source bill, with the applicant’s name, address and account number.

Applications will be taken until March 31 or until all funds are exhausted. For additional information, call 253-2422.