Tuesday, January 29 2019 22:20

Cooling Energy Assistance Program Is Now Open

Georgia's regular Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is offering a cooling program this year that will run from May 1 through June 30. Applicants will be served on a first come, first served basis until funds are exhausted. Southwest Georgia Community Action Council will first serve those on the existing LIHEAP heating program waiting list before serving additional applicants. The cooling program provides financial assistance to low-income households to help defray their home cooling costs. 

Please note the following:

Social Security Administration will no longer provide printouts to verify social security numbers; individuals must apply for a replacement card. An application for LIHEAP cannot be completed without social security cards for all household members. If you have lost your card, please apply for a replacement card as soon as possible at your local Social Security Administration office.

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or legally admitted aliens. Households participating in the program must meet income criteria and be responsible for the cost of heating their homes. To be eligible, households must have an income equal to or less than 60% of Georgia's state median income guidelines: $22,839 annually for a household of one; $29,866 for two persons; $36,894 for three persons; $43,921 for four persons; $50,948 for five persons; $57,976 for six persons; $59,293 for seven persons; $60,611 for eight persons; and for each additional person add $1,318.

NSC business hours will be 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, for the duration of this program. Click here for a listing of NSCs.

When signing up please be prepared to provide a phone number that will be valid until the program period ends. We cannot guarantee that changed numbers will be updated on the waiting list.

Applicants must provide a valid form of picture identification. Applicants should also provide proof of income for all household members for the last 30 days. This may be a paycheck stub, bank statement, or a letter granting public assistance, Social Security, or unemployment benefits. Applicants must also provide valid Social Security cards for all household members and their most recent utility bill. Households whose electric utility costs are included in their rent are ineligible for assistance.

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