People seeking heating assistance lined up Monday morning nearly 24 hours before Tuesday, the first day to apply for help with their wintertime heating bills.
Emma Flowers, who was first in line, arrived before 9 a.m. Monday morning.
Those waiting in line brought chairs and blankets to spend the night outside St. Paul AME Church where Macon police were called shortly before 4:30 a.m. Tuesday after a report of a fight.
The Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council announced it will begin taking applications at 7 a.m. Tuesday and again Wednesday at the church at 2501 Shurling Drive, followed by sign-ups at Union Baptist Church and Unionville Baptist Church later this month.
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About $575,000 was recently made available by the state to help defray energy costs for about 1,600 households in Macon. Applicants’ qualifications are first based on income. One-person households must have an annual income less than $21,504. A four-person household must have a total annual income of less than $41,340.