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News DSS receives crisis, energy assistance funds

Macon County Department of Social Services has received additional money for CareNet to administer crisis funds for the Crisis Intervention Program (CIP). Households that are eligible for CIP must meet income guidelines including crisis guidelines posted at CareNet. The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) will provide payment to the vendors for eligible households. Funds are limited and no appointments will be made for the Energy Programs.

Additional money has been approved for the Low Income Energy Assistance Program. LIEAP funds are available to households containing an elderly person age 60 and above. Also persons who are receiving SSI, SSA, or VA disability and receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) are eligible to potentially receive benefits through Jan. 31 or until funds are exhausted. All eligibility requirements must be met which includes income and asset guidelines.

If funds remain for LIEAP, beginning Feb. 1, individuals and families with the lowest income and highest relative energy cost are potentially eligible. All eligibility requirements must be met which includes income and asset guidelines. Funds will continue through March 31 or until LEIAP funds are expended.

Applications will be taken at Macon County Care Network located at 130 Bidwell Street, Franklin NC; Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. as long as funds are available.

No appointments will be made for CIP or LIEAP.

No applications will be taken at Macon County DSS.

For more information, contact CareNet at (828)369-2642.





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