DSS holds meeting about energy program changes Oct. 21

Published 8:35 am Wednesday, October 19, 2011

There have been changes in the energy programs administered through the Department of Health and Human Resources. Locally, the Polk County Department of Social Services provides these services.
To learn more about the program and changes, the public is invited to a meeting of the 2011 Energy Program Interagency Committee Friday, Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at the Polk County Department of Social Services. The meeting will also discuss the broader problem of energy needs of the poor, elderly and disabled.
Changes to note are:
• There will be no LIEAP (Low Income Energy Assistance Program) in February. Households must make an application for LIEAP heating assistance. Applications will be taken on the following schedule:
• Dec. 1 – Jan. 31, 2012 are priority. Individuals age 60 and above or individuals under age 60 who meet specific disability criteria.
• Feb. 2, 2012 – March 31, 2012. All other households if funds are available.
• Applications will only be taken for assistance as long as funds are available.
• Energy payments will be paid directly to the heating provider (power, gas or fuel company, wood, etc.)
For more information, contact Polk County Department of Social Services at 828-859-5825.
– article submitted
by Lou Parton

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