DSS opens energy assistance program

Feb. 12, 2013 @ 05:04 PM

February and March are the busiest time of year for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) offered by the Durham County Department of Social Services.

With that in mind, DSS will offer LIEAP application processing at The Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park, 1313 Halley Street, through March 29. The hours of operation will be 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

“Durham County Department of Social Services has set up the LIEAP application processing hub at the Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park, instead of one of DSS’ main buildings, in order to provide better accessibility for the more than 100 clients anticipated each day,” said Jovetta Whitfield, the department’s assistant director. “This venue will more appropriately accommodate families during the next two months.”

LIEAP, provided to nearly 2,218 Durham residents each year, includes a one-time assistance payment to help eligible families cover their heating expenses during a calendar year.

According to Whitfield, LIEP applicants meet special criteria that require thorough documentation. “To apply, customers must have a heating source in their name to be eligible, provide a valid social security number for each household member, verification of all house hold income and a copy of their heating bill with the account number.”

Persons 60 and older or disabled persons receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services may also apply for the LIEP at the Durham County DSS Office at 200 East Main Street. Applications will be accepted from this special population, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.

For more information about the LIEP and the location for application processing, call the Durham County Department of Social Services at 919-560-8600. Detailed information about the LIEP can be found at www.dconc.gov under the Social Services link featuring Energy Assistance.