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Utility assistance available for low-income residents

Program operates through end of April

POSTED: March 31, 2017 4:30 p.m.

Coastal Georgia Community Action of Bryan County is trying to help low-income residents pay for some of their home energy costs.

The organization’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) diminishes the burden of energy costs by supplementing utilities. Additional funds have been made available to assist more low- to moderate-income families with high energy bills.

“This program is a blessing for seniors, homebound residents, single-family homes and so many in need,” said Debra Powell, the community services program specialist for Coastal Georgia Community Action.

The program operates through the end of April, or until all funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Applications are taken at the Community Services Office at 30 S. Industrial Blvd. in Pembroke.

All applications must include proof of income, household size information and the energy bill. Any fraudulent information received will result in financial restitution from the application.

Applicants can receive regular energy assistance if the household income is at or below 60 percent of the state median income level for Georgia. The applicant must be the person responsible for paying the cost of energy for the primary home heating source and must also be a U.S. citizen or legally admitted immigrant.

Subsidized housing tenants whose fuel cost is included in their rental payment are ineligible for this assistance.

For more information, contact Coastal Georgia Community Action’s chief development officer, Zeric Samples, at 912-264-3281, ext. 123 or 912-441-2418.

 

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