As cold weather approaches, the CSRA Economic Opportunity Authority is preparing to help those in need stay warm.
Elderly, low-income residents needing assistance to pay home heating costs can apply for assistance next week in Richmond County. The agency will administer its federally funded Energy Assistance Program on a first-come, first-serve basis until funds are depleted.
Applications will be accepted at some area community centers beginning Wednesday for households where all members are 65 years or older. Other eligible families can apply beginning in December if funds remain.
The program assists residents with heating bills through direct payments to energy suppliers, according to the Georgia Department of Human Services.
“Depending on income and household size, those who qualify for the program will receive between $310 and $350 toward their home heating bills,” the department said.
To qualify for assistance, the applicant must be the person responsible for paying the home heating cost; a U.S. citizen or legally admitted alien; and have an income at or below 160 percent of Georgia’s poverty level.
If an elderly resident is unable to apply in person, the applicant should send a statement and the required documents with an authorized representative.
A limited number of applications will be taken daily at each location.