Heating-assistance program opens to public Dec. 1

Published 7:16 am Friday, November 25, 2011

Special to The Post-Searchlight


Georgia’s Energy Assistance Program will open Dec. 1, for all low-income households that meet the eligibility requirements for the program.

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Interested individuals should call the Decatur County Neighborhood Service Center (NSC) at (229) 246-3119 to place their name on the list. Clients will be assisted on a first come, first served basis until all funds are exhausted.

Do not line up and do not go to the NSC, it is required that clients call and get their names on the list for an appointment time for an application to be completed.

Households participating in the program must meet income criteria and be responsible for the cost of heating their homes. To be eligible, households must have an income equal to or less than: $21,504 for a one-person household; $28,116 for two persons; $34,728 for three persons; $41,340 for four persons; $47,964 for five persons; $54,576 for six persons; $55,812 for seven persons; $57,060 for eight; and for each additional person add $1,240.

Applicants should have proof of income for all household members for the last 30 days. This may be a paycheck stub, or a letter granting public assistance, Social Security or unemployment benefits. Applicants must also have the Social Security cards of all household members and their most recent utility or fuel bill. Households whose fuel costs are included in the rent are ineligible for assistance.