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 Crisis Intervention Program

 

The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) serves individuals and families who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis.  A household is in a crisis if it is currently experiencing or is in danger of experiencing a life-threatening or health-related emergency and sufficient, timely, and appropriate assistance is not available from any other source.  Life-threatening is defined as a household which has no heating or cooling source or has a disconnect notice for their primary heating or cooling service and the health or well-being of a household member would be in danger if the heating or cooling crisis was not alleviated.  Each household should be evaluated on a case by case basis to determine if there is a heating or cooling crisis.

 

The household meets income eligibility if the total household’s members’ countable income is equal to or less than 150% of the current poverty.  See chart below.

 

No. Eligible in Household Maximum Countable Income No. Eligible in Household Maximum Countable Income
1 1,485 14 8,231
2 2,003 15 8,751
3 2,520 16 9,271
4 3,038 17 9,791
5 3,555 18 10,311
6 4,073 19 10,831
7 4,591 20 11,351
8 5,111    
9 5,631    
10 6,151    
11 6,671    
12 7,191    
13 7,711    

 

 

How to Apply

Location:

Rutherford County Department of Social Services

389 Fairground Road - Building A

Spindale, NC  28160
 

No appointment is necessary. Applications are accepted during regular business hours. Depending on the time of the year, usually during the winter months there could be a waiting period before a worker is able to see you. Each county in North Carolina is given a specific allocation for each fiscal year, therefore funding is limited.

 

For more information contact Lori Hall at (828) 287-6170 or lori.hall@rutherfordcountync.gov.

 

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)

 

The Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) provides a one-time annual vendor payment to help eligible families pay their heating expense.

 

Only households containing an elderly person age 60 or above or a disabled person receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services (DAAS) are eligible to potentially receive benefits from December 1st through December 31st or until funds are exhausted.  Disabled persons are defined as receiving SSI, SSA, or VA disability.

 

Any household can potentially receive benefits from January 1st through March 31st or until funds are exhausted, if all eligibility requirements are met.  If December 1st or January 1st falls on a weekend or holiday, resort to the first working day of the month.  If March 31st falls on a weekend or holiday, resort to the last working day of the month.

 

Households meet income eligibility if the total household members' countable income for base period (month(s) prior to application) is equal to or less than 130% of the current poverty level.

 

**NOTE** LIEAP has a reserve limit of $2,250 or less

No. Eligible In Household

Maximum

Countable

Income

No. In Household

Maximum

Countable

Income

1

1,287

14

7,134

2

1,736

15

7,584

3

2,184

16

8,035

4

2,633

17

8,486

5

3,081

18

8,936

6

3,530

19

9,387

7

3,979

20

9,838

8

4,430

21

10,288

9

4,880

22

10,739

10

5,331

23

11,190

11

5,782

24

11,640

12

6,232

25

12,091

13

6,683

26

12,542