Power, Water, and Rental/Mortgage Assistance Now Available – The Laurens County Advertiser

The Low Income Household Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) and General Emergency Assistance Program (GEAP) are Federally funded programs designed to help 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; thus reducing vulnerability resulting from energy needs. The LIHEAP program is also designed to intervene in energy crisis situations and carry out local actions. LIHWAP provides funds to help low-income households pay their water and sewer bills. The GEAP program provides rental/mortgage assistance to people facing immediate eviction or foreclosure.

Additionally, GLEAMNS’ Community Services Department offers driver training and educational assistance through its Case Management Program.

The GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Inc. CSBG, LIHEAP, LIHWAP AND GEAP programs that serve the Upper Savannah area of Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry and Saluda Counties make appointments for energy, water, sewer and rental assistance. Some of the goals of the LIHEAP and GEAP programs for the 2022 program year are to extend reach to previously unserved households, reduce and/or prevent poverty, increase energy consumption efficiency, and target energy and rental assistance to eligible households with the highest needs and lowest incomes. For more information, contact the local office of the GLEAMNS Community Services Department in your area regarding emergency assistance.

The community can call the Laurens Community Services office at 864-984-5123 for an appointment or submit a request online at www.gleamnshrc.org. Click on the community services circle and go to the gray box and click on the LITT app or download the app or littlitesc.azurewebsites.net. The Laurens County office is located at 221A West Laurens Street, Laurens, SC, 29360.