Atlanta, GA – The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), administered by the Georgia Department of Human Services’ (DHS) Division of Family & Children Services (DFCS), begins accepting applicants today (April 1).
The federally funded program assists low-income, elderly, and disabled Georgians with cooling bills through direct payments to home energy suppliers.
Funds are administered through local Community Action Agencies on a first-come, first-served basis until all funds have been expended. To qualify, a family’s income must be less than or equal to 60 percent of the median income for a Georgia family. For a household of one, the income threshold is $26,474; the income threshold for a household of five is $59,057.
Georgians seeking assistance must contact their local Community Action Agency. All applicants will be asked to provide the following:
- Most recent cooling bill or statement of service from their heating providers
- Social Security numbers for each member of the household
- Proof of citizenship for each member of the household
- Proof of income for the last 30 days for each adult member of the household (e.g., paycheck stub or a public assistance verification letter)
- Verification of Social Security or unemployment benefits for all applicable household members
For more information on the program, contact DHS toll-free at 404-657-3426. To find a Community Action Agency in your area, visit http://www.georgiacaa.org.