Time to apply for home heating help drawing near

Staff reportOctober 31, 2013 

Middle Georgia residents ages 65 and older can get home heating help for the winter starting soon.

In Macon, the dates to apply for assistance are Nov. 5-7, beginning at 7 a.m. each day. Applications are being taken at St. Paul AME Church, located at 2501 Shurling Drive. The first 200 walk-ins who meet eligibility requirements will qualify, according to the Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program also benefits those who are homebound or those who are dealing with a life-threatening crisis.

All other eligible families may apply for assistance beginning Dec. 1, according to the state’s Department of Human Services.

The federally funded program helps low-income, elderly and disabled Georgians with heating bills through direct payments to home energy suppliers. Funds are administered through local Community Action Agencies on a first-come, first-served basis.

Depending on income and household size, those who qualify for the program will receive between $310 and $350 toward their heating bills.

To qualify, a family’s annual income must be less than or equal to 60 percent of the median income for a Georgia family. For a household of one, the income threshold is $21,029. The income threshold for a household of five is $46,912.

Those seeking assistance must contact their local Community Action Agencies.

All applicants will be asked to provide their most recent heating bill or statement of service from their heating providers, as well as the following information on every member of their household: Social Security numbers, proof of citizenship and proof of income for the last 30 days. Proof of income can include, but is not limited to, a paycheck stub, a letter granting public assistance, Social Security or unemployment benefits.

“Life-threatening crisis” applicants must provide a medical statement.

For more information on the program, call toll free at 877-423-4746.

To find the Community Action Agency in your area, visit www.georgiacaa.org.

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