The federally funded program assists low-income, elderly and disabled Georgians with heating bills through direct payments to home energy suppliers.
After Dec.1, residents aged 65 and older or who are homebound can apply for assistance through the Department’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). All other eligible families may apply for assistance after Jan. 1, 2016. Funds are administered through local Community Action Agencies on a first-come, first-served basis or until all funds are exhausted.
The program has traditionally opened to seniors in November and to the general public in December, ahead of the release of federal funds for the program. Due to an increased need for heating assistance in 2014, however, the Division has delayed opening the 2015 program until federal funds for the current year are made available to the state. (more…)