Hours: Business Hours: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Facility Hours: 7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
The Delaware Energy Assistance Program (DEAP) is a federally funded program for low-income families that need help in meeting their costs of home energy. The Division of State Service Centers (DSSC) administers this program on a contractual basis with Catholic Charities, Inc. Funds are provided by the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS), under the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). DEAP services provide assistance to income eligible families to help them meet their home energy needs. Income eligibility is defined as 200% of the federal poverty level. (As a reference, please see the Division of Social Services' Income Eligibility tables.) DEAP has several components which include:
Fuel Assistance: Help with home energy bills from the period of October 1 - March 31. This includes grants to income eligible households to help pay for home heating, which includes electricity, natural gas, kerosene, propane, coal, or wood. Grants are made to both homeowners and renters.
Crisis Assistance: This component helps households in crisis during the winter months and may be in the form of a supplemental grant to their fuel assistance benefit. In addition to being income eligible, households must show they are experiencing a crisis (i.e., shut-off notice, out of fuel, no money to pay for fuel).
Summer Cooling Assistance Program (SCAP): This program operates during the months of June-August and helps pay for electricity to cool homes with air conditioning during the hot, humid summer months. In addition to receiving a grant to offset the high costs of electricity to air condition a home, some populations may be eligible to receive a room sized air conditioning unit.
This location provides DEAP Assistance.
The Laurel State Service Center currently offers client services administered by Delaware Health and Social Services (DHSS) divisions:
Division of State Service Centers (DSSC)
Community Resource Assistance Services (CRASP)
Emergency Assistance Service (EAS)
Emergency Shelter - is provided for eligible EAS clients, referrals made to HPC (Homeless Planning Council)
Needy Family Fund
Kinship Care Program
Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
Division of Social Services (DSS)
Temporary Assistance for Needy Families
Delaware Department of Services for Children, Youth and Their Families (DSCYF)
Counties served: Sussex County