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Heating assistance still available
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The Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority Inc. still is assisting eligible households with heating bills.

Georgia’s heating assistance program is taking appointments for the general public to apply for utility assistance. Payments will be made directly to the home energy supplier.

To participate in the program, the family must meet an income equal to or less than 125 percent of the poverty guidelines as follows:

• for a one-person household, $21,504

• two persons, $28,116

• three persons, $34,728

• four persons, $41,340

• five persons, $47,964

• six persons, $54,576

• seven persons, $57,060

• eight persons, $58,296; for each additional person, add $774 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 last 30 days in the form of 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 has not received assistance since November 2011 and wants to apply for benefits can 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.

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