Wednesday, Jan 19, 2022
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the Low-Income Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP), and General Emergency Assistance Program (GEAP) are federally-funded programs designed to assist eligible low-income households meet home heating, cooling, water, sewer, and housing needs. Home energy is defined as residential heating and cooling, and to increase energy self-sufficiency; thereby reducing the vulnerability resulting from energy needs. The LIHEAP program is also designed to intervene in energy-related crisis situations and to conduct outreach. The LIHWAP program provides funds to assist low-income households with water and sewer bills. The GEAP program provides rental/mortgage assistance for individuals facing immediate eviction or foreclosure. Also, the GLEAMNS Community Services Department offers driver's training and educational assistance through their Case Management program.
The GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Inc. CSBG, LIHEAP, LIHWAP, and GEAP programs that serve the Upper Savannah region of Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties are making appointments for energy, water, sewer, and rental/mortgage assistance in these counties. Also, the GLEAMNS LIHEAP and LIHWAP programs cover the South Carolina Appalachian Region, so Cherokee and Spartanburg counties are making appointments for energy, water, and sewer assistance as well.
Some of the goals of the LIHEAP and GEAP programs for the 2022 Program Year are to expand outreach to previously un-served households, reduce and/or prevent poverty, increase efficiency of energy usage, and target eligible households with the highest needs and lowest incomes.
For additional information, you may contact the local GLEAMNS Community Services Department office or GLEAMNS LIHEAP office in your area regarding assistance. Please select your county below to speak to a representative. You can also submit an online application by clicking or downloading the LITT lite app in the Google Play App Store or Apple App Store.