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 familys 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, its $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.