Community action to take applications for heat help

  • The News Observer
    The News Observer

North Georgia Community Action, Inc. will begin taking applications for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for homebound and elderly households November 2 at 8:30 a.m.

The program assists low-income households in the form of a one-time payment to help offset the cost of heating their homes.

Homebound households constitute a household in which every member is confined to the home as a result of medical conditions or disabilities.

Elderly households are those in which every member is 65 or older.

All households who wish to apply for assistance must meet their income criteria, be responsible for paying the cost of energy for home heating directly to the supplier and be a U.S. citizen or immigrant admitted to the U.S. for lawful, permanent residence.

When applying, applicants will need their most recent heating and/or electric bill, proof of household income, proof of a valid Social Security number, proof of citizenship with a valid picture I.D and immigration status, if applicable.

Elderly households must provide proof of age for all members of the household.

Checks will be issued directly to the home energy supplier, and no checks can be issued until funds are received to North Georgia Community Action from the State of Georgia.

Assistance is available while funds last on a first-come, first-served basis.

The homebound and elderly priority ends November 30.

Applications and inquires should be directed to Fannin’s Community Service Center at 706-632-2854. If there is no answer, applicants are urged to keep calling back until they are able to speak to someone.

Messages will not be returned, and all Community Service Centers are closed to the public due to COVID-19.