Georgia’s Energy Assistance Program for Homebound and/or Elderly (age 65 and older) will open for Upson County Residents on December 1, 2015. Appointments will be made by phone only. The program provides financial assistance to elderly and home bound households to help pay their home heating costs.
Households participating in the program must meet income criteria and be responsible for the cost of heating their homes. To be eligible, households must have an income equal to or less than 60 percent of the state median income guidelines – $21,356 for a one-person household, $27,927 for two people, $34,498 for three people, $41,069 for four people, $47,640 for five people, $54,211 for six people, $55,443 for seven people, or $56,675 for eight people.
Payments will be made primarily by checks to home energy suppliers for gas, electricity and propane used in heating a home. The one-time payments will average about $345 per household.
On December 1, 2015 applicants should contact Upson Neighborhood Service Center at phone number 706-647-1578 to make an appointment. Appointments will be made by phone only you must speak to a person to get an appointment. Phone lines will be open between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. until all appointments are full.
Applicants should have proof of income for the last 30 days for all household members. This proof may be a paycheck stub, or a letter granting public assistance, Social Security, or unemployment benefits. Applicants must also have a picture ID, social security cards of all household members and their most light bill. If applicants heat with gas most recent light and gas bill. Applicants will also be required to sign a citizenship affidavit proving they are a U.S. Citizen. Additional documentation may be required at time of appointment.
Households whose fuel costs are included in their rent are not eligible for assistance.