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.