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Updated on Feb. 7, 2013. Originally published Dec. 7, 2011.

Here is a listing of agencies in 18 Western North Carolina counties that offer residents help understanding and access the heating assistance program, known as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. To read more about funding levels and how many people are using the program in the region, read “A warmer winter, but need for heating help persists.”

Avery County: Avery County Department of Social Services, 175 Linville St., Newland, (828) 733-8230.

Buncombe County:

Cherokee County: Cherokee County Department of Social Services, 4800 W. U.S. Hwy. 64, Murphy, (828) 837-7455.

Clay County: Clay County Department of Social Services, 55 Riverside Circle, Hayesville, (828) 389-6301.

Graham County: Graham County Department of Social Services, 196 Knight St., Robbinsville, (828) 479-7911.

Haywood County:

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Henderson County:

Jackson County: Jackson County Department of Social Services, 15 Griffin St., Sylva, (828) 586-5546.

Macon County:

Madison County:

McDowell County:

  • God’s Country Outreach, 1155 N. Main St., Marion, (828) 652-9000.
  • Maxwell M. Corpening Jr. Memorial Foundation, 1388 Sugar Hill Road, Marion, (828) 652-0189.
  • McDowell County Department of Social Services, 145 E. Court St., Marion, (828) 652-3355.
  • McDowell Mission Ministries, 124 Fleming Ave., Marion, (828) 659-6490.
  • Salvation Army, 2240 NC 221 N., Marion, (828) 659-2522.

Mitchell County:

Polk County:

Rutherford County: Rutherford County Department of Social Services, 389 Fairground Road, Spindale, (828) 287-6165.

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Swain County: Swain County Department of Social Services, 80 Academy St., Bryson City, (828) 488-6921.

Transylvania County:

Watauga County:

Yancey County:

Reporter Peggy Manning contributed to this resource guide.

Paul Clark

Paul Clark is a contributing reporter for Carolina Public Press. Contact him at paulgclark@charter.net.

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  1. How could he do something like that? Oh I know he doesn’t have to worry how his children are going to stay warm for the winter because the United States pays for his heat. I know in years past I did not have to worry how to pay my bills but in the last couple of years with the way jobs have been my husband has not worked to much, and this year we found out he has spinal cord damage and he has had two surgeries and is unable to work. I draw Social Security Disability and that is not much after I pay rent so how can I afford fuel oil along with electric and everything else. My health is not in good shape and his physical health is not good he has a hard time walking let alone anything else and has been turned down for disability twice we have a child in our home and the President does not care about the little people that have no jobs or have lost their homes because he has one maybe if he had to walk a mile in some of our shoes he would think more about what he is doing. If he wants to make cuts why doesn’t he cut his salary, congress and the senate all I have to say is none of them had better get a raise they have not done a job well enough to deserve it.