Eligible households in Wayne County can now apply for help covering the cost of heating their homes through the federally funded Low-Income Energy Assistance Program.

The program provides eligible households with a one-time payment to their heating vendor to offset the high cost of heating during the cold-weather months.

Depending on the household’s primary heating source, the payment will be $200, $300 or $400.

To be eligible, a person must:

• Have at least one U.S. citizen or non-citizen who meets eligibility criteria.

• Have income equal to or less than 130 percent of the federal poverty limit, such as for a household of one, an income of $15,782 or less, and for a family of four, an income of $32,630 or less.

• Have resources, such as saving and checking accounts, cash on hand, at or below $2,250.

• Be responsible for their heating cost.

Wayne County residents who want to apply for energy assistance can only do so in person.

The Wayne County Department of Social Services will be accepting applications from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Cooper-Bussmann Building, 210 Dixie Trail.

The office will be accepting applications from eligible residents through Friday, March 29, with the exception of Jan. 21 when the office will be closed.

For more information on the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program, visit www.ncdhhs.gov/assistance/low-income-services/low-income-energy-assistance.