2017-10-25 / Other News

Low income home energy assistance program to open Nov. 1

Georgia’s Energy Assistance Program will open on Nov. 1 at 8 a.m. for homebound and elderly households (all adults in household must be age 65 or over and/or physically homebound) that meet eligibility requirements for the program. If funds are available, the program will open to the general public Dec. 1 to all low-income households that meet the eligibility requirements for the program. Interested individuals should call 229-985- 3610 or 1-800-642-3384 to place their name on the waiting list. Clients will be assisted on a first come, first serve basis until all funds are exhausted.

Note procedure:

• Nov. 1 - Eligible individuals from the homebound and/or elderly population are required to call 229-985- 3610 or 1-800-642-3384 on or after Nov. 1 to have their names placed on the list for an application to be completed. Clients will be assisted on a first come, first serve basis.

• Dec. 1 - Eligible individuals from general public are required to CALL 229-985-3610 or 1-800-642-3384 on or after Dec. 1 to have their names placed on the list for an application to be completed. Clients will be assisted on a first come, first serve basis.

Do not go to the NSC and line up; it is required that you call and get your name on the list (or an appointment time (or an application to be completed. Do not call any numbers previously given (or this program.

Households participating in the program must meet income criteria and be responsible for the cost of heating their homes. To be eligible, households must have an annual income equal to or less than: $22,045 for a one-person household; $28,829 for two persons; $35,612 for three persons; $42,395 for four persons; $49,178 for five persons; $55,961 for six persons; $57,233 for seven persons, $58,505 for eight persons and for each additional member add $1,272.

Applicants should have proof of income for all household members for the last 30 days. This may be a paycheck stub(s), or a letter granting public assistance, Social Security or unemployment benefits. Applicants must also have the Social Security cards of all household members and their most recent utility AND fuel bill. Households whose fuel costs are included in the rent are ineligible for assistance.

Limited funds are available for families experiencing crisis situations (at threat of disconnect or needing services restored).

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