Heating Assistance

Crisis Intervention Program (CIP)

Heating assistance for oil, kerosene, wood, electric or gas. Deposits for electric or gas. Old bill if less than 1 year (Must be a Buncombe County Resident).

To apply, you must bring verification of the following:

  1. ALL income received in the household…includes everyone living in your home. (Earned income, disability payments, child support payments)
  2. Social Security numbers for all household members
  3. A picture ID
  4. The gallons or inches of oil you currently have in your tank and the type of oil you use. (Must be less than 6 inches/30 gallons if requesting oil, K-1, or propane)
  5. Final Notice within 5 days before electric or gas is to be disconnected
  6. Applications for CIP taken Monday thru Friday…..8:00-5:00

Emergency Assistance (EA)

Rent (at eviction); lights, water, gas (at disconnect). Federal funded program for households with children under the age of 18 in the home. Minor children must be related to you or have proof of legal custody. $300 maximum/year. Deposit for rent can be paid only if you can prove you have been homeless (Must be a Buncombe County Resident).

To apply, you must bring verification of the following:

  1. ALL income received in the household…includes everyone living in your home.
  2. Social Security numbers for all household members
  3. A picture ID

For Rent:

  • Eblen rental form with W9 completed by landlord
  • Eviction notice MUST BE within 5 days or court paperwork
  • Receipt for amount you must pay that is EA $$

EXAMPLE: rent is $500, you must have receipt for $200

Utility Bills:

  • Final Notice within 5 days before electric or gas is to be disconnected
  • Receipt for amount you must pay that is EA $$

EXAMPLE: light bill is $424.62, you must have receipt/pledge for $124.62

For more information or if you have any questions please call our office at 828-255-3066.

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