Heating assistance begins

by | November 5, 2007 12:00 am

With winter approaching the Department of Human Resources (DHR) will again provide heating assistance for low income Georgians through LIHEAP, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.

Starting Nov. 1, the homebound and the elderly (65+) may apply for assistance at their local community action agencies. The program will open up to other eligible individuals and families beginning December 1. Payments will be made directly to the home energy supplier for electricity, propane, wood, coal or kerosene. The maximum payment for qualifying applicants is $250. Local community action agencies will accept all applications and administer available funds on a first-come first-served basis.

For a one-person household, that would be $15,315; for two people $20,535; for three people $25,755; for four people $30,975; for five people $36,195; for six people $41,415; for seven people $46,635; for eight people $51,855; and for each additional person, add $5,220 in household income.

To apply, applicants must provide a copy of their most recent heating bill or a statement of service from their heating provider. Applicants must also provide proof of household incomefor the last 30 days, such as a pay stub or letter from an employer. Applicants are required to have a valid Social Security Number for all household members. Those who have a need are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. Call Emanuel County Senior Center at 237-5434 to make an appointment.

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