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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- Guilford County's Low Income Energy Assistance Program has more money this year to help out more households struggling to pay their heating bills.

In 2012, the program received about $800,000 which was only enough to help the elderly population in Guilford County.  In 2013, LIEAP received a second chunk of money in the amount of $700,000 to help the general public.

Candice Eury has three kids and lives in High Point.  Her household has made it through the cold winter nights by using two space heaters and having everyone sleep together in one bedroom.

"Just the transition from daytime, we might be able to get through the house with a jacket, but at night time, especially for the kids it's terrible," Eury said.

Eury's family has gotten help in the past, but grew frustrated.

"Once we get turned away one time and then go to another resource and then call a hotline here and there and set up for an interview we just give up," Eury said.

In order to qualify for help, a household of one person cannot make more than $1,200 a month. The maximum income for a household of two is $1,600 a month.

The application process for heating help for the general public will start in February.

"It's good for Guilford County and it's good for low-income people in Guilford County because this can pay $200 to $400 toward a heating bill," said LIEAP director Steve Hayes.  "It can make a big difference for a family that is struggling trying to make it through the winter." 

Those seeking assistance can apply at the Guilford County Social Services on Maple Street in Greensboro during the week.

You can also enroll at the Chavis Library on South Benbow Street on the following dates:

  • Saturday, Feb. 2 from 1 to 5 p.m.
  • Sunday, Feb. 3 from 2 to 5 p.m.
  • Saturday, Feb. 16 from 9 a.m. to noon
  • Saturday, Feb. 23 from 9 a.m. to noon