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Heating assistance program expanded during bitter cold temperatures

FILE - Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be expanding to help more families keep warm in Buncombe County by opening up the program to all households having anyone who is at least 130 percent of the poverty level.  (Photo credit: WLOS Staff)

Many folks in the mountains who seek heating assistance through these record cold winter days will be receiving additional help.

There is an expanded partnership between Buncombe County Health and Human Services the Eblen Energy Project of the Eblen charities.

Beginning Tuesday, Jan. 2, the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) will be expanding to help more families keep warm in Buncombe County by opening up the program to all households having anyone who is at least 130 percent of the poverty level.

Also on Tuesday, Eblen Charities will begin their “Eblen After Hours” program in which the Waddell Client Service Center will remain open until 7 p.m. every Tuesday evening for all programs.

Individuals and families are encouraged to apply at the Eblen Charities Waddell Client Service Center at 50 Westgate Parkway in the Westgate Shopping Center anytime from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Individuals interested in applying for LIEAP are not required to have a Photo ID or Social Security Card. As part of the application process verification of any employment and have a valid social security number, when available for each household member.

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.

If you are in need of assistance, or for more information please contact please contact Eblen Charities at 828-255-3066 or visit www.eblencharities.org.

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