The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and General Emergency Assistance Program (GEAP) are federally-funded programs designed to assist eligible low-income households meet home heating, cooling, 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 designed to intervene in energy-related crisis situations and to conduct outreach. The GEAP program provides rental assistance for individuals facing immediate eviction. Also, the GLEAMNS Community Services Department offers driver's training and educational assistance through their Case Management program.
The GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission, Inc. LIHEAP and GEAP programs that serve the Upper Savannah region of Greenwood, Laurens, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties are making appointments for energy and rental assistance in these counties. The GLEAMNS LIHEAP program also covers the South Carolina Appalachian Region, so Cherokee and Spartanburg counties are making appointments for energy assistance as well.
Some of the goals of the LIHEAP and GEAP programs for the 2020 Program Year are to expand outreach to previously unserved households, reduce and/or prevent poverty, increase efficiency of energy usage, and target energy and rental assistance to eligible households with the highest needs and lowest incomes.
For additional information, you may contact the local GLEAMNS Community Services Department office in your area regarding assistance. Please select your county below: