Augusta-area heating assistance program begins wait list

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2011 8:12 PM
Last updated 8:17 PM
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Heating assistance funds for low-income residents in the Augusta area ran dry early, forcing the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority to begin taking names for a waiting list Thursday instead of applications for money.

The CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority received a little more than $1 million for its Energy Assistance Program this year. In the past few years, more than $4 million in federal funding was allotted, said Patricia Johnson, the energy coordinator.

“Our hands are tied. The funding comes from another string, but we can only do what we do with what we have,” Johnson said. The program was opened to senior citizens in the first week of November.

The first allotment served an estimated 3,100 families in 13 counties. The program has served 12,000 to 15,000 families for the past five years, Johnson said. Some elderly older and homebound individuals have not received heating assistance yet.

“Normally, we will get additional funds. We just can’t tell you when,” she said.

Even with additional federal funding, all clients in need of heating assistance will not be served, Johnson said.

HEATING HELP

Residents below the poverty line can be added to the waiting list by calling the following phone numbers:

Richmond County: (706) 722-2207, (706) 724-0701, (706)-722-7511, (866) 722-4346 or (877) 722-0706

Burke County Senior Center: (706) 437-8007

Emanuel County Senior Center: (478) 237-5434

Glascock Action Partners Inc.: (706) 598-0722

McDuffie Senior Center: (706) 595-7502

Screven County Senior Center: (912) 564-2077

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scoobynews
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scoobynews 12/01/11 - 07:00 am
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I don't mind helping the

I don't mind helping the elderly but we have far too many young adults living with their grandparents these days running up their bills. I wonder if this program checks on this type of abuse. If people would stop abusing the system then the people who really need this assistance would have the funds.

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CABoatright 12/01/11 - 08:20 am
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Scooby-Of course not! That
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Scooby-Of course not! That would make too much sense & heaven forbid some of these users become offended...

TK3
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TK3 12/01/11 - 09:41 am
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As far as socialist programs

As far as socialist programs go, this is one of the least objectionable. As you can see, the billions spent on absurd government projects and (oil) wars could be put to much-better use.

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augusta citizen 12/01/11 - 09:46 am
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scoobynews, I'm all in favor

scoobynews, I'm all in favor of helping the elderly, but if there are multi-generational family members living in the home, that are able to work they should be working and paying the bills. Some elderly may not have children or grandchildren to help, but if they do that should be the first line of assistance. I get sad when I read stories about elderly people freezing to death in their homes each year, so help the truly needy and let the others fend for themselves.

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broad street narrow mind 12/01/11 - 01:33 pm
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i bet georgia power could
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i bet georgia power could carry them and still find millions for bonuses and campaign contributions.

scoobynews
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scoobynews 12/01/11 - 03:13 pm
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Augusta citizen that was my

Augusta citizen that was my point let's give the support to the elderly that really need it. The free loaders need to go or help foot the bill. We have far too many adults that are able bodied living with these people running up their bills and not paying a dime.

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