Low Income Energy Assistance Program

 

LIHEAP Funds will be available starting November 3, 2014  through local Non-profit for FY 2014/2015 Energy Season to residents of DeKalb, Gwinnett, Rockdale, Newton, and Walton.

The Partnership for Community Action, Inc. (PCA) 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 (LIHEAP).  A portion of the funds are from the Public Service Commission and H.E.A.T.  Those that are eligible will be 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.

Eligible clients can start scheduling appointments Monday, November 3rd, 2014 for Senior Citizens ages 65 and older, disabled persons with limitations that prevent them from applying during the General Public Period, and disabled homebound households who meet the 60% median income guidelines. Please note that all adults in the home must either be 65 years and older, or must have a disability preventing them from doing business during the General Public period.

Persons who do not meet the November requirements may apply during the general public period starting December 1st, 2014. 

All potential clients that heat their homes with natural gas, electricity, propane, wood, kerosene, or coal, and meet the income guidelines of 60% 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 years of age 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 your 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 SS number.

•             A Secure and Verifiable document is needed for the person applying for the household only to prove identity and citizenship.

 

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

Our Customer Services phone line 404.537.4300 will be open, and staff will begin scheduling appointments at 8:00 a.m. on November 3rd, 2014. Due to expected high call volumes, eligible clients seeking appointments also have the option of stopping by their local Energy Assistance office to schedule their appointment, or go to our website at www.pcaction.org  click on the “Contact” menu bar (top right hand corner) and complete the online form requesting that someone in the LIHEAP department contact them to schedule an appointment starting November 3, 2014.  For safety and health reasons, we ask that clients do not form a line outside our service locations before opening hours.

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