DSS offers more heat help

Jan. 28, 2013 @ 08:06 PM

The Department of Social Services will open applications Friday for needy households seeking money to pay heating bills.
Because Guilford County’s Low Income Energy Assistance Program has more money this year to help out more households, there will be money available after Feb. 1 for those who did not quality for first-round assistance for the disabled or elderly.
LIEAP received a second allotment of $527,000 to help others, according to DSS officials. The household income-based benefit can be as much as $400. The money goes to vendors providing heating fuels and not to customers. LIEAP pays for electric bills, and L-P gas and kerosene, but not wood because the county did not sign up a vendor.
Family monthly incomes must be $1,210 for a single person up to $2,497 a month for a family of four.  Applicants may have to show verification of income, Social Security numbers and dates of birth for all household members, plus as a copy of their primary heating source bill.
DSS is taking applications at the Guilford County building on Maple Street in Greensboro during the week. You can also enroll at the Chavis Library on S. Benbow Street, Greensboro, on these dates: Saturday, 1 - 5 p.m; Sunday, 2 - 5 p.m; Feb. 16,  9 a.m. to noon; Feb. 23, 9 a.m. to noon.