Three programs that are related to the Food and Nutrition Program are the Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP), Crisis Intervention Program (CIP), and Share the Warmth. LIEAP gives families a one-time cash payment to help pay their heating bills. Information that is keyed into the Food and Nutrition system, such as weather or not a family is responsible for their heating and if the family is receiving services in the month of September, is used to establish families that are eligible for a one-time payment in February of the following year. All other families must apply for LIEAP during the time allotted for taking application in the month of November. Guidelines are based on household size, income and resources.
The Crisis Intervention and Share the Warmth Programs provide financial help to households that are in a heating or cooling related emergency. Households must meet income guidelines that are based on household size. A household may receive benefits more than once a year. The household must be in a heating or cooling related emergency and include a U.S. citizen or eligible alien.
For more information you may go to the NC Division of Social Services website.