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Energy Assistance help with LIHEAP

November 7, 2013
Woman changing the heat on her radiator

On Nov. 1, homebound people 65 years old or older became eligible to apply for energy assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Other eligible households will be able to apply starting on Dec. 1.

Federally funded, LIHEAP provides assistance with heating bills to the elderly, low-income and disabled people in Georgia until April 30, 2014. The Georgia Department of Human Services' Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) helps regulate and control these LIHEAP benefits.

Six quick tips:

  1. You must apply through a local Community Action Agency.
  2. You will need to show them a recent heating bill, Social Security numbers, proof of citizenship and proof of income for the last 30 days.
  3. Agencies award the money (typically between $310 and $350) on a first come, first served basis.
  4. Your annual income must be less than or equal to 60% of the median income for a typical Georgian family.
  5. If you are an individual, the income threshold is $21,029.
  6. For a household of 5, the threshold is $46,912.

If you need help with weatherization preparations, check in with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authorities (GEFA). For more information about LIHEAP, check out this fact sheet from the Department of Human Services.

About the Author

Bethany McDaniel is the Interactive Web Content Manager for GeorgiaGov. She graduated from Berry College in Rome, GA with degrees in Visual Communication and History.

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