In The News: Asheville Citizen-Times: More Families Can Apply for Heating Assistance

Asheville citizen-Times: 12/30/16

ASHEVILLE – Starting Tuesday, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program will be expanding to help more families keep warm in Buncombe County.

As of Jan. 3, the program opens to households having anyone who is at least 130 percent of the poverty level, according to a news release from Eblen Charities.

The program is offered through Buncombe County Health and Human Services and Eblen Charities.

“We greatly appreciate the opportunity to again partner with Buncombe County and the Department of Health and Human Services with LIEAP program this year,” Bill Murdock, executive director of Eblen Charities, said in a news release.

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program funds assist households that are vulnerable due to heating costs by providing a one-time payment to help eligible households pay their heating bills.

Individuals and families can apply for help from 8 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Eblen Charities Waddell Client Service Center at 50 Westgate Parkway in the Westgate Shopping Center.

As part of the application process, Eblen will need to verify any employment and have a valid Social Security number, when available, for each household member. Individuals are not required to have a photo ID or Social Security card when they submit the application, according to the news release.

If unable to apply in person, phone applications may be taken by calling 828-255-3066. The completed application will be mailed for signature along with instructions regarding other documents needed to process application.

For more information contact Eblen Charities at 828-255-3066 or visit www.eblencharities.org

(Editors Note Heating assistance is still available through a number of programs at the Eblen Charities Waddell Client Service Center at 50 Westgate Parkway in the Westgate Shopping Center.

We are open Monday through Friday from 8 am to 5 pm and Tuesdays from 8 am to 7 pm)

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