Low Income Energy Assistance Program

Community Development Program

The goal of the NC Commission of Indian Affairs Low Income Energy Assistance Program is to:

Operate an education and outreach program designed to promote public awareness in American Indian communities in the designated counties of Bladen, Columbus, Cumberland, Halifax, Harnett, Sampson and Warren to ensure that eligible American Indian households, especially elderly and disabled individuals and families with young children, are informed and encouraged to apply for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program services available at the local county departments of social services.

What is the Low Income Energy Assistance Program?

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is a federally funded program that provides a one-time vendor payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.

Priority in eligibility is given to households with:

  • An elderly person age 60 or older or
  • A disabled person that is receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services.

Who is eligible?

Households must meet all of the following:

  • Households must meet an income test.
  • Households must be responsible for their heating bills.
  • Household cannot have assets/resources over $2,250.
  • Households must include an U.S. citizen or eligible alien.

When are applications taken?

December 1 – January 31 or until funds are exhausted for priority households.

February 1 – March 31 or until funds are exhausted for all other households.

Where to apply?

Contact the county department of social services where you live. They may also offer energy assistance services through the Crisis Intervention Program.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Eligibility Requirements Information Needed
Identity Name, date of birth and social security number for each household member. Copies of social security cards are required
Address Lease/rental agreements, any other shelter expenses.
Earned Income
(Wage/Self Employment)
Wages/check stubs/tax forms containing employer information for the month prior to the date of application.
Unearned Income
(Public benefits/Private retirement benefits, etc.)
Documents form provider, benefits award letters.
Assets/Resources Information about household’s savings/checking accounts, property ownership (tax records) stocks/bonds, certificate of deposits, IRA’s or other accessible retirement accounts.
Heating Expense Copy of bills

Energy Education Events – FREE EVENTS

We are committed to providing energy education to American Indian citizens, with the goal of enhancing lives by improving knowledge and empowering you to make positive changes in your home to improve energy efficiency and save money.

Tentative agenda topics:

  • Energy Conservation
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Energy Star Programs
  • Weatherization Programs
  • Community Resources

Dates and Locations to be announced.

For more information, please contact NC Commission of Indian Affairs:
Pamela Shena Brewington, Program Manager
Sampson County Office
Office: 910-564-6152
Cell: 910-309-0214