Crisis Intervention Program – (CIP)

ECCCM distributes CIP funds to all of Catawba County on behalf of the Department of Social Services. Funding is dependent upon Catawba County DSS. For more information on arriving at ECCCM click here.

The Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) serves households who are experiencing a heating or cooling related crisis. If you have a disconnect notice for your heating/cooling, or are in need of fuel oil, there maybe help available through CIP.

Crisis Intervention Program (CIP) is an income eligible program that assists households with their heating/cooling needs to avoid a crisis situation. You must have a disconnect notice, or are in need of fuel oil, be able to verify the crisis and be unable to pay the bill.

Basic information needed:

  • Household must meet income limits for the program

  • Disconnect notice for your cooling or heating

  • Picture ID

  • Social Security number or card for everyone in the household

  • Income and resource verification/information for everyone in the household

  • Apply in the county in which you live

  • In Catawba County, apply at Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Inc.

  • Have not exceeded the maximum limit for assistance with the CIP funds


To avoid disconnection of utilities, applicants are urged to apply as soon as a disconnect notice is received. Do not to wait until the day of disconnect, which will result in disconnection.