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Energy funds available to assist DeKalb residents with heating bills
by Staff Reports
February 11, 2014 12:34 PM | 2003 views | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
The Partnership for Community Action Inc. would like to inform eligible clients who live in DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Newton and Walton counties of available funds from the Georgia Department of Human Services to provide assistance with heating bills through the low income home energy assistance program.

A portion of the funds are from the Public Service Commission and H.E.A.T. Those who are eligible are now able to apply for this one-time heating assistance payment of either $310 or $350 to help with the high cost of heating bills. Eligible clients may only receive a one-time payment per program year.

The program is now open and will continue until these heating funds are exhausted.

Clients may call (404) 537-4300 to schedule an intake appointment.

All potential clients who heat their homes with natural gas, electricity, propane, wood, kerosene, or coal and meet the income guidelines of 60 percent of the median household income for Georgia, and are able to provide the following information may apply:

-Proof of income for all household members 18 and older for the last 30 days, 90 days if irregular income. If no income, a zero income form will be provided at the time of the appointment. All household members with no income must be present during the appointment time to complete this form
-Most recent home heating bill
-Verification of Social Security cards for all household members or some other legal proof of Social Security number
-Secure and verifiable document to prove U.S. citizenship will be needed for the head of the household. Such as a valid state issued identification card or driver’s license, passport and a U.S. permanent resident card.

Bringing copies of these documents, along with the originals, will expedite wait time at application intake.

The customer services phone line is open to schedule intake appointments. Due to high call volumes, eligible clients seeking appointments also have the option of stopping by their local energy assistance office to schedule an appointment.

For safety and health reasons, clients are asked to not form a line outside the service locations before opening hours.

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