Winter Heating Assistance Available

The GLEAMS Human Resource Commission announced it has received funding for a new round of assistance to eligible low-income households.  The money comes in Federal Grants through The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and General Emergency Assistance Program (GEAP). These programs are designed to assist eligible low-income households meet home heating, cooling, and housing needs.  Home energy is defined as residential heating and cooling as well as to increase energy self-sufficiency; thereby reducing the vulnerability resulting from energy needs. The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program is also designed to intervene in energy-related crisis situations and to conduct outreach. The General Emergency Assistance Program provides rental and mortgage assistance for individuals facing immediate eviction.

The GLEAMNS Community Services Department also offers driver’s training and educational assistance through their Case Management program.

GLEAMNS serves the Upper Savannah Region of Laurens, Greenwood, Edgefield, Abbeville, McCormick, Newberry, and Saluda counties. GLEAMNS is now making appointments for energy and rental/mortgage assistance.

Laurens County residents may call (864) 984-5123 to inquire about the service. GLEAMNS notes that all customers can receive services twice a year. One goal for the program here in 2021 is to expand outreach to previously un-served households, as they seek to reduce and/or prevent poverty, increase efficiency of energy usage, and target energy and rental/mortgage assistance to eligible households with the highest needs and lowest incomes.

The local contact number, again, is: (864) 984-5123