Sign-ups for home heating help coming to Macon Thursday and Friday

Staff reportJanuary 8, 2014 

Another round of sign-ups for home heating help for the winter begins Thursday in Macon.

Low-income Bibb County residents can get help on their heating bills through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

The Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council will take the first 250 walk-ins who qualify, according to a release from the agency. Doors open at 7 a.m.

Applications Thursday and Friday are at Union Baptist Church at 1137 Kitchens St.

On Tuesday, Jan. 16 and 18, sign-ups will be at Unionville Baptist Church, located at 3837 Houston Ave.

On Jan. 30, applications will be taken at Mount Lebanon Church at 3805 Bloomfield Drive.

Applicants must provide a copy of their most recent energy bill or a statement of service from their utility provider, as well as proof of household income for the last 30 days (such as a pay stub), a picture ID and a valid Social Security card or printout for all household members.

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

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.

To qualify for the low-income program, 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. For a household of five, it’s $46,912.

Proof of citizenship is required for all applicants.

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

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