The Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority is assisting eligible households with heating bills.
Georgia’s heating-assistance program started last month for the homebound and people age 65 and older. The program opened to the public this week. Payments are made directly to the home energy supplier.
To participate, a family must have income equal to or less than 175 percent of the poverty guidelines: for a one-person household, $21,356; two persons, $27,927; three persons, $34,498; four, $41,069; and for each additional person, add $1,232 annual income.
Applicants must bring their most current fuel bill or statement of service from their heating provider. They must also have proof of income for all household members for the last 30 days. This may be check stubs or award letters 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 wishing to apply for benefits in Bryan County should call 1-866-423-8081 for an appointment. Households are served on a first-come basis. The program will close when funds are exhausted.