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DHR accepting applications for energy assistance

September 12, 2007

ATLANTA (GA) – The Department of Human Resources (DHR) is providing cooling assistance for low income Georgians through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). The $6.4 million federally funded program will provide much needed assistance to those who are experiencing added financial strain in paying their power bills due to recent high temperatures. The state expects to serve approximately 24,000 low income households.

Eligible families may apply for LIHEAP assistance beginning October 1, however emergency assistance may be available to those who have been disconnected. Applicants must apply for assistance at their local community action agencies.

To qualify for the LIHEAP program, applicants must have a yearly household income less than or equal to 150% of the federal poverty guidelines, as defined by the US Department of Health and Human Services. For a one-person household, that would be $15,315; for two people $20,535; for three people $25,755; for four people $30,975; for five people $36,195; for six people $41,415; for seven people $46,635; for eight people $51,855; and for each additional person, add $5,220 in household income. The maximum assistance per household will be $250.00.

To apply, applicants must bring a copy of their most recent energy bill, proof of household income, a valid Social Security Number, and proof of citizenship.

The LIHEAP program is operated on a first come, first served basis within each region served by a local community action agency. Applicants are urged to call 800-869-1150 or visit http://gcaaonline.org to locate the nearest community action agency in their area.

GEORGIA COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCIES

ACTION, Inc.
594 Oconee Street
P.O. Box 1072
Athens, GA 30603-1072
Phone: 706-546-8293

Central Savannah River Area Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc.
1261 Greene Street
P.O. Box 10104
Augusta, GA 30903-2704
Phone: 706-722-0493

Clayton County Community Services Authority, Inc.
1000 Main Street
P.O. Box 1808
Forest Park, GA 30298-1808
Phone: 404-363-0575

Coastal Georgia Area Community Action Authority, Inc.
2801 Fourth Street
P.O. Box 2016
Brunswick, GA 31521
Phone: 912-264-3281

Coastal Plain Area Economic Opportunity Authority, Inc.
2601 Bemiss Road, Suite L
Valdosta, GA 31602
Phone: 229-244-7860

Community Action for Improvement, Inc.
1380 LaFayette Parkway
P.O. Box 1307
LaGrange, GA 30240
Phone: 706-884-2651

Concerted Services, Inc.
2100 Riverside Drive
P.O. Box 1965
Waycross GA, 31502-1965
Phone: 912-285-6083

Economic Opportunity Authority for Savannah-Chatham County Area
618 West Anderson Street
P.O. Box 1353
Savannah, GA 31402-1353
Phone: 912-238-2960

Enrichment Services Program, Inc.
900 Linwood Boulevard
P.O. Box 788
Columbus, GA 31902-1788
Phone: 706-649-1600

Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority, Inc.
1690 Chantilly Drive N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30324
Phone: 404-320-0166

Heart of Georgia Community Action Council, Inc.
324 Pine Street
P.O. Box 398
Eastman, GA 31023
Phone: 478-374-4301

Macon-Bibb County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.
653 Second Street, Second Floor
Macon, GA 31201
Phone: 478-738-3240

Middle Georgia Community Action Agency, Inc.
121 Prince Street
P.O. Box 2286
Warner Robins, GA 31099-2286
Phone: 478-922-4464

Ninth District Opportunity, Inc.
308 Spring Street
P.O. Box Drawer L
Gainesville, GA 30503
Phone: 770-532-3191

North Georgia Community Action, Inc.
1344 Talking Rock Road
P.O. Box 760
Jasper, GA 30142-0760
Phone: 706-692-5644

Overview, Inc.
120 South Jefferson Street
P.O. Box 693
Milledgeville, GA 31061
Phone: 478-453-4111

Partnership for Community Action, Inc.
3597 Covington Highway
Decatur, GA 30032
Phone: 404-929-2500

Southwest Georgia Community Action Council, Inc.
1001 First Avenue SW
P.O. Drawer 3728
Moultrie, GA 31776-3728
Phone: 229-985-3610

Tallatoona Community Action Partnership, Inc.
P.O. Box 1480
Cartersville, GA 30120
Phone: 770-382-5388

West Central Georgia Community Action Authority, Inc.
Highway 90 East
P.O. Box 185
Montezuma, GA 31063
Phone: 478-472-3607


For information contact:
Beverly Jones, 404-657-1387
Bjjones2@dhr.state.ga.us