Davidson County hands out remaining heating assistance funds

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LEXINGTON, N.C. — Davidson County is handing out what’s left of the financial aid for heating bills available from its Low-income Energy Assistance Program.

The assistance is now being given away by the county’s Department of Social Services on a first-come, first-serve basis — and there will not be enough for everyone to receive help.

David Moorefield, who works with the DSS, said they were given $1.3 million and helped close to 7,000 families last year.  This year, however, they were only given $207,000.

“This was a tremendous cut,” said Moorefield, who expects they’ll be able to help less than 800 families.

As of Wednesday morning, the DSS only had $87,000 left to give away.

“It won’t take but one or two days for us to have that money spent, and then once we’re out of it, we’re out of it. We don’t have it anymore,” Moorefield said.

This year, the assistance is going straight to the energy suppliers as opposed to the customers.

“I don’t feel like that’s very fair but that’s how the system works,” said Michael Anderson, who received assistance.

Those who are interested in seeking assistance with their energy bills are required to apply for it in-person at the DSS.  Pre-requisites for qualifying include monthly incomes that range between $1,180 and $2,422, depending on the number of people in your household.