Program offers elderly assistance with heating bills

Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2011 10:41 AM
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Elderly residents needing assistance paying home heating bills can apply for funding this week in Richmond County.

All household members must be 65 years or older to qualify for the Energy Assistance Program of the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority Inc.

To qualify, a homeowner must be responsible for home heating costs and be a U.S. citizen or a legally admitted alien.

Household income must be at or below 160 percent of Georgia’s poverty level, which is $21,504 for one person or $28,116 for two people.

Richmond County residents may apply between 7:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. until Friday at the May Park Center, 622 Fourth St., and the Bernie Ward Center, 1941 Lumpkin Road.

Applications will be taken the same hours until Nov. 10 at Henry H. Brigham Center, 2463 Golden Camp Road

Take a copy of Social Security cards and proof of income for everyone in the household. The person applying must have photo identification and a document showing proof of age.

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Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/02/11 - 01:19 pm
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For a one-person household,

For a one-person household, 160% of $21,504 is $34,412. For a two-person household, 160% of $28,116 is $44,986. There will be lots of elderly households below those numbers.

What if there are three or four elderly living in a household? Are they out of luck?

justthefacts
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justthefacts 11/02/11 - 01:26 pm
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LL, I think you might be

LL, I think you might be reading that wrong. Anyone below those figures receives help.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/02/11 - 01:39 pm
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I know. That's what's so

I know. That's what's so amazing. There are lots and lots of people below those numbers. And it's amazing that it considers just current income. You might have a million dollars in the bank, but if your household income (for a couple) is less than $44,986 you get the assistance.

Little Lamb
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Little Lamb 11/02/11 - 01:47 pm
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From the FBI story: Frederick

From the FBI story:

Frederick Thomas, 73, of Cleveland; and Toccoa residents Dan Roberts, 67; Randy Adams, 65; and Samuel Crump, 68, were taken into federal custody Tuesday. “These defendants, who are alleged to be part of a fringe militia group, are charged with planning attacks against their own fellow citizens and government,” said U.S. Attorney Sally Quillian Yates.

Do you reckon that any of these guys might have qualified for the heating assistance if they could have stayed out of jail?

gmt
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gmt 11/02/11 - 03:36 pm
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I think the story combined

I think the story combined two qualifying criteria. It should be 60% of the median income or 150% of the poverty level (which is around $10,xxx)

Income Guidelines

The LIHEAP statute establishes 150 percent of the poverty level as the maximum income level allowed in determining LIHEAP income eligibility, except where 60 percent of state median income is higher. Income eligibility criteria for LIHEAP may not be set lower than 110 percent of the poverty.

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/liheap/guidance/eligibility.html

seenitB4
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seenitB4 11/03/11 - 09:29 am
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We give to this program on

We give to this program on our power bill.....I don't mind helping legit needy older folks with heating bills...some have died because of the cold & going w/o heat...sad.

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