Heating assistance available for elderly, disabled with Project Help

Fayetteville Public Utilities (FPU) reminds local residents that heating assistance is available for the elderly and disabled through the utility’s Project Help program.

You may apply for Project Help assistance at the Good Samaritan Association of Lincoln County office at 208 West Davidson Street, Monday through Wednesday, 9 am until noon. Please present your photo ID, the current heating bill for which you need assistance and proof of total household income, including your yearly Social Security statement. You must also complete the Project Help application for heating assistance.

Project Help provides heating assistance to those receiving fixed incomes and have difficulty paying for winter heating costs. To qualify, the applicant must be over the age of 60 or permanently disabled with a household income under 125% of the poverty level based on the size of the household.

Each qualifying household is allowed a maximum of $180 per heating season toward heating costs. Funds are paid directly to the heating fuel and energy suppliers, therefore, a copy of the heating bill must be presented to the Good Samaritan for verification of the amount due. If the amount of the heating bill is less than $180, qualifying residents may apply for Project Help heating assistance a second month to reach the maximum amount of $180 per heating season.

Project Help funds are used to assist with heating costs which include, but are not limited to, electricity, natural gas, propane, kerosene and wood. Funds are available during the heating season only – October through March.

If you have questions about qualifying for Project Help assistance, please call the Good Samaritan Association at 433-0260. If you’d like to donate to the heating assistance program, please visit FPU’s office at 408 West College Street and complete the Project Help donation form.