CAFI Energy Assistance program underway

Staff report

November 7, 2013

Community Action for Improvement Inc. is administering the 2013 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program for Troup, Heard, Meriwether, Carroll and Coweta counties.

All interested applicants may contact the service center in their area by telephone on the program start date. Clients will be seen by appointment only, no walk-ins. The program is underway for the elderly and disabled, including home-bound households and adult members age 65 and up.

The program will start for the general public beginning Dec. 2.

The LiHEAP Program will help pay heating costs for gas, electricity, wood, coal and kerosene. One-time payments will be made primarily by checks issued to the home energy supplier on behalf of eligible households.

When applying for assistance, persons must bring proof of gross income for all household members for the last 30 days. CAFI accepts payments including paycheck stubs, public assistance checks and unemployment award letters. Applicants must also bring the original Social Security Card for each person in the household and their most recent home heating bill.

All eligible households must be responsible for their home heating costs. Eligibility for the program is based on the gross income of all members of the household.

To be eligible, households must have a gross income equal to or less than $20,990 for a one-person household, $27,449 for a two-person household, $33,907 for a three-person household, $40,366 for a four-person household, $46,825 for a five-person household, $53,283 for a six-person household, $54,494 for a seven-person household and $55,705 for a household of eight.

Applicants in Troup County should call 706-882-6412, Meriwether call 706-672-3942 and Heard County call 706-594-2827. Applicants from other counties should call the Community Action Service Center in their county.