Georgia Division of Family and Children Services

Homebound and elderly residents can soon get help cooling their homes as the weather gets warmer.

Through April 30, an assistance program by the Georgia Division of Family and Children Services will provide one-time payments for cooling to low-income homebound and elderly households.

To qualify, households must either consist of people homebound due to medical conditions or disabilities, or of people 65 and older with no other adults in the household. They must also meet an income requirement of up to 60% of the median Georgia family income, and be U.S. citizens or legal permanent residents. Participating households will be responsible for paying the supplier for cooling costs.

To apply for the program, those interested can contact the North Georgia Community Action service center at 770-345-6531. Applicants are asked not to leave messages, as they will not be returned. The homebound/elderly priority window runs through April 30.

Applicants must send in their most recent electric bill, heating bill, proof of household income, proof of valid Social Security number and proof of citizenship or resident status with a valid picture I.D.. Elderly households must provide proof of age for all household members.

Checks will be issued directly to the home energy supplier. No checks can be issued until North Georgia Community Action receives money from the Georgia Department of Human Services. Assistance is issued on a first come, first served basis while the money lasts.

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