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7/15/2019 9:16:00 AM
Crisis Program Offers Help For Cooling

Lincoln Herald Staff

Sweltering in the summer heat is not only uncomfortable; it can be dangerous. With temperatures again expected in the 90s all this week and likely for most days for a month or more to come, households experiencing a cooling-related crisis can apply for financial assistance from the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services’ Crisis Intervention Program (CIP).

Households may qualify for CIP assistance if they have received a disconnect notice for their primary cooling source; do not have timely and appropriate assistance available from another source; and do not have the resources to meet the expense. Qualifying guidelines also consider medical risk, age of residents, and certain situations associated with excessively high temperatures in the home.

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Households are eligible to apply if they have not exceeded the maximum limit for CIP assistance, which is $600 per household annually.  Since the new fiscal year started July 1st, unless they have already received CIP assistance this month, most will not have exhausted that limit.  All payments are made directly to the vendor.

Households must apply in the county where they live and provide the disconnect notice for their cooling, a picture ID, a Social Security card or number for everyone in the household, and income and resource information for everyone in the household.

In Lincoln County applications should be made at the Department of Health & Human Services (DSS), 1136 E. Main St. in Lincolnton.  You can call 704-732-0738 for additional information; just tell them you're calling about the Crisis Intervention Program.  Residents of other counties can apply at their DHHS (DSS) offices.

Catawba County residents can also apply for CIP assistance at Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry (ECCCM), 245 East N Street in Newton, 828-465-1702.

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