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Heating bill assistance available
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The Coastal GA Area Community Action Authority, Inc. will assist eligible households with heating bills starting Monday, Nov. 1. Residents who are homebound or elderly — age 65 or older — will receive first priority. Also individuals who have life-threatening medical conditions and have had their electricity disconnected may apply. All other eligible families may apply starting Dec. 1. 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 $21,940; for two people $28,691; for three people $35,442; for four people $42,193; for five people $48,944; for six people $55,695; for seven people $56,961; for eight people $58,226, and for each additional person add $790 in annual income.
Applicants must bring their most current fuel bill or statement of service from their heat provider. They must also have proof of income for all household members for the last 30 days. This may be a check stub or an award letter granting public assistance, Social Security, VA or unemployment compensation. Applicants must also bring Social Security numbers and proof of age for all household members.
Anyone who wants to apply for benefits should call 1-866-423-8081 for an appointment. Households will be served on a first-come, first-serve basis. The program will close when funds are exhausted.
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