CRISIS INTERVENTION PROGRAM

Provides assistance for adults or families with children with heating or cooling related emergencies.  Funds are available monthly on a first come first basis.

EMERGENCY ASSISTANCE

Provides assistance for families with children under age 18 in the household, and in an emergency situation.  Funds may help pay rent, heating costs, electric bills, and other one-time necessary expenses.  The assistance must alleviate the emergency.  Families may receive this assistance once per year.  Families must meet income and reserve guidelines.

SUPPORTIVE SERVICES

Provides assistance for families with working adults and children under age 18 in the home.  Funds may pay work-related participation expenses such as day care, transportation expenses, and other one-time expenses.  The purpose of this program is to support working families so that they may continue to remain employed.  Families must meet income guidelines.

Domestic Violence Assistance

Provides assistance for victims of domestic violence.  Support groups, relocation assistance, and counseling are some of the available options.  There must be a child in the home who is a citizen and families must meet income guidelines.

LOW INCOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

LIEAP

Provides for a one-time cash payment to help eligible families pay their heating bills.  This payment is usually received in February of each year.

Eligible households must:

Applications for LIEAP are usually taken for two weeks in November of each year.  Contact Avery DSS at 733-8230 or e-mail don.benfield@averycountync.gov for application dates.