Energy Programs


Community members are encouraged to apply for these programs when encountered by economic difficulties out of their control, preventing them from being able to meet their financial responsibilities.

The number of CIP and LIEAP Applications in Onslow County for the Fiscal Year 2018-2019 was 5300. The total number of Approved Emergency Assistance (EA) Applications for the 2018-2019 Fiscal year was 79.

Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) FUNDS STILL AVAILABLE!!!


The Crisis Intervention Program provides financial help to households that are in a heating or cooling-related emergency.


1. Household must meet income eligibility.

2. Household must be in a heating or cooling-related emergency.

3. Household must include a U.S. citizen or an eligible alien.

Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP)


The Low Income Energy Assistance Program gives families a one-time vendor payment to help pay their heating bills.


Families that meet all the following:

1. Household must meet income eligibility.

2. Household must be responsible for its heating bills.

3. Household cannot have resources over $2,250.

4. The household must include a U.S. citizen or an eligible alien.

Application period begins December 1st. Only households with a person who is receiving services through the Division of Aging and Adult Services or households containing a person age 60 and above are potentially eligible from December 1st through December 31st or until funds are exhaustedApplications on all households will be taken from January 1st through March 31st or until funds are exhausted.


Emergency Assistance

Families with at least one child who meets the WFFA assistance age policy with a verifiable emergency may apply. Services will not be provided to pregnant women without another eligible child in the home. The family must have a related child living with them as defined for Work First Cash Assistance.

Services provided include assistance with rent, electricity, and water (not an all-inclusive list). The following guidelines must be met to be eligible:

  • Total family gross income cannot exceed 110% of the federal poverty level.
  • Families must meet the same citizenship and resource requirements as defined for Work First Cash Assistance.
  • Emergency Assistance is defined as a one-time per year (12 consecutive months) payment up to a limit of $600.
  • Only short-term assistance may be provided.  Short-term assistance is defined as:
  • Non-recurring, short-term benefits designed to deal with a specific episode of need
  • Not intended to meet recurring or on-going needs; and
  • Not intended to improve the family’s standard of living