The Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority Inc. is prepared to assist eligible households with heating bills.
Georgia’s Heating Assistance program started on Nov. 1 for homebound and elderly residents age 65 years or older. The program opens to the public Dec. 2. Payments will be made directly to home-energy supplier.
To participate in the program, families must meet an income equal to or less than 175 percent of the poverty guidelines as follows: for a one-person household $20,257; for two people $27,143; for three people $34,178; for four people $41,213; for five people $48,248; for six people $55,283; for seven people $62,318; for eight people $69,353 and for each additional person add $756 in annual income.
Applicants must bring their most current fuel bill or statement of service from their heat provider. They also must have proof of income for all household members for the past 30 days. This may be a check stub or an award letter granting public assistance, social security, VA or unemployment compensation. Applicants also must bring Social Security numbers and proof of age for all household members.
Anyone who wants to apply for benefits in Liberty County should call 1-866-423-8081 for an appointment. Households will be served on a first-come, first-served basis. The program will close when funds are exhausted.