Forecasters are predicting another cold winter.
The North Carolina Division of Social Services is accepting applications for the state's Low Income Energy Assistance Program.
Director Wayne Black says it's meant to help seniors, veterans and people with disabilities pay their heating bills.
“Demand is there every year for these programs, and we expect that to be the same this coming years as well,” Black said. “Obviously, how cold the winter is would have some impact as well in terms of persons coming in.”
County DSS offices are working to administer this and other energy assistance programs this winter. That includes assistance from the Duke Energy Foundation.