Jo Ann Adams
Starting today the Lincoln County Department of Social Services will be accepting applications for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP) this year.
â€œThis is a program that will assist low income families with a one-time check for heating, and they will get this check in February if they are approved based on their income and resources,â€ said Clara Barnes who works with LEAP.
The deadline for applications will be on Nov. 12 at 5 p.m. Applications will not be accepted on Nov. 11 due to the holiday.
People who have their applications accepted will have a check sent straight to their home.
â€œIt will be sent directly to the client, and they can apply it to whatever heating source they have,â€ said Barnes.
Everyone who currently receives food stamps will be automatically evaluated for the program.
Those who decide which applications to accept will consider Octoberâ€™s income and what resources the applicant has such as land, stock and bank accounts.
People will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
â€œBasically everyone who comes in if theyâ€™re eligible with the federal guidelines, they will be sent a check in February,â€ said Barnes.
For more information call the DSS at 704-732-0738.
by Staff Reports