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Posted on: August 25, 2020

$1.3 million available for energy assistance to low-income families

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Volusia County has been awarded $1.3 million in state funds to help low-income households with their home energy costs. The money, which is coming from the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity, will help pay for approximately 1,300 benefits to local families to help them with the cost of heating and cooling their homes.
 
Called the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP, the initiative provides assistance to eligible households to alleviate the financial burdens associated with heating and cooling expenses – electric, coal, propane and gas bills. On Tuesday, the Volusia County Council approved the agreement for how the state assistance funds will be spent in the community. Eligible applicants must have a utility account already established in order to receive the financial help.
 
“The exciting thing is we can provide approximately 1,103 benefits to our citizens with assistance with their electricity bills – their home energy bills,” Volusia County Community Services Director Dona Butler told council members.
 
To qualify, applicants must have a delinquent account, a disconnection notice, a notice that services have already been disconnected or a notice that a deposit is needed to establish services. For gas or propane, the fuel must be used to heat the residence. Gas or propane that’s used for cooking or the warming of water isn’t eligible for assistance. Additional information about the program, eligibility criteria and application forms can be obtained by calling Volusia County Human Services at (386) 239-7757 or by visiting the Human Services web site.

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