Every year, the Georgia Division of Family & Children Services extends a helping hand to those in need, particularly to homebound and elderly households. The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a vital initiative that seeks to provide financial relief to those who are most vulnerable during the winter months.
The LIHEAP program traditionally commences on November 1st. However, this year, the program is set to open its doors a month later, on December 1st. This delay is a result of adjustments made to better accommodate the needs of eligible households, and here is everything you need to know to apply.
Who Qualifies for the LIHEAP Assistance in Georgia?
In the state of LIHEAP is designed to cater to two specific categories of households: homebound and elderly. Homebound households are those where every member faces the challenge of being unable to leave their residence due to medical conditions or disabilities. The program recognizes the difficulties these individuals encounter and strives to alleviate their burden, and helps them with their utility bills.
Elderly households are defined as those where every member is 65 years or older. Even if a household has members under 18, as long as all others are 65 or older, it still qualifies as an elderly household. The program acknowledges the heightened vulnerability of older citizens during harsh weather conditions.
In order to be considered eligible for the LIHEAP assistance in Georgia, you might comply the next requirements:
- Meet income guidelines specified by the program.
- Be responsible for directly paying the costs of home heating to their energy supplier.
- Be either U.S. citizens or aliens with lawful, permanent residence status in the United States.
- The next documents must be provided:
- The most recent heating and electric bills.
- Proof of household income.
- Valid Social Security numbers.
- Proof of U.S. citizenship or lawful alien status.
How to Apply for LIHEAP in Georgia
If you believe you qualify for LIHEAP assistance, you can begin the application process on December 1st. Applicants are advised to contact Goergia’s DFCS at (877) 423-4746, or locate your nearest County Office.
Remember that the LIHEAP program will provide a one-time payment for you and your family to get back on your feet, while paying your bills on time and avoiding penalties. The program works in a first come, first served basis, and the program will stop accepting applications as soon as the resources run out. So, be aware of the date and be the first to apply.