In the News: ASHEVILLE CITIZEN-TIMES “A” To Eblen / Buncombe County HHS LIEAP Program

“A” to the newly expanded Low Income Energy Assistance Program. As of Tuesday, the program has been open to households with income at or below 130 percent of the poverty level, which would be $2.422 for a four-member household. The program is offered through Buncombe County Health and Human Services and Eblen Charities. Individuals and families can apply for help 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday (8 am to 7 pm on Tuesdays) at the Eblen Charities Waddell Client Service Center at 50 Westgate Parkway in the Westgate Shopping Center

LIEAP is a federally-funded program that provides for a one-time payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program funds assist households that are vulnerable due to heating costs and who pay a separate heating bill.

In partnership with Buncombe County Health and Human Services the Low Income Energy Assistance

Program is open to all households at 130% of poverty level (household of one: $1,287 /month, household of two $1,736 / month, etc.) and provides a one-time vendor payment for homes that use electricity, natural gas, wood or coal as their primary heat source or for homes that use fuel oil, kerosene, or LP gas as their primary heat source.

Bill Murdock, executive director of the Eblen Charities, said “We have a great responsibility to find ways to reach out and keep those who are most susceptible to the cold keep warm this winter and thanks to adding the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, a great many who seek help through Eblen will not be left out in the cold. Those who come to our office are not just part of the statistics we track,
but each one is someone’s mother, father, son, or daughter. They are all special to someone and they all are special to us.”

Individuals and families are encouraged to apply at the Eblen Charities Waddell Client Service Center at 50 Westgate Parkway in the Westgate Shopping Center anytime 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

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