Tyrrell DSS aids elderly with home heating bills

Published 11:39 am Wednesday, May 6, 2020

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By Brandy Basnight Mann

Tyrrell director of Social Services

This past winter, Tyrrell County Department of Social Services (TCDSS) assisted over 70 households with an elderly person to receive heating assistance through the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP).

LIEAP is a 100% federally funded program.  Those same LIEAP approved households can expect to receive a one-time supplement payment paid directly to the household’s primary heating vendor.

The one-time supplements are a result of excess LIEAP funds that were not utilized in North Carolina during the LIEAP season.  The supplement amounts will be based on household size and approved LIEAP benefit amounts.

A notice will be mailed from DHHS to households informing them of the supplement payment.  There is NO application process, and only approved LIEAP households from this past winter will receive the automatic supplement.

Clients can expect their primary heating vendor to receive and process the payment or credit by June.  Please wait until mid-June to reach out to Dominion, Crossroads, Ferrellgas or AmeriGas to verify payment or credit.