The program is available for those ages 60 and older, along with individuals with a disability receiving services through the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services.
DHHS is accepting new applications through county social services departments until Dec. 31. In Forsyth County, the DSS number is 336-703-3800.
During the 2020-21 heating season, the program provided $59 million to help more than 168,000 households.
Automated payments became available Wednesday. Recipients from last winter were notified of their eligibility in November and do not need to apply for this winter’s benefit.
The program offers a one-time payment directly to a household’s heating vendor — $300 for coal or wood; $400 for LP gas, natural gas, kerosene and fuel oil; and $500 for electric.
“The automated payment will be sent to the recipient’s heating source vendor as a credit to their account,” DHHS said.
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