Federal program aims to keep seniors warm

By: Staff report

Older residents who need help with a heating bill may apply this month for the federally financed Low Income Energy Assistance Program.

Households considering applying must include at least one person 60 or older, or a person receiving disability benefits and services through the N.C. Division of Aging and Adult Services. Application dates run through the end of December, after which households not meeting the former criteria may apply.

As of Monday, 187 people had applied for assistance and $6,000 in aid had been approved, said Dr. Tommy Jarrell, director of health and human services for Richmond County.

Help is not immediate, Jarrell cautioned.

“Sometimes it takes a day or two to process the applications,” he said.

Richmond County residents may apply at the Division of Social Services, 125 Caroline St., Rockingham, or from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at one of the following:

• Today and Monday: Ellerbe Senior Center, 306 Millstone Road, Ellerbe.

• Wednesday: East Rockingham Senior Center, 135 Safie Sixth St., Rockingham.

• Dec. 18 and 19: Hamlet Senior Center, 102 Lakeside Drive, Hamlet.

• Dec. 21: Dobbins Heights Community Center, 222 Earle Franklin Blvd., Dobbins Heights.

Staff report