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If you’re currently receiving food stamps in Georgia, you may also qualify for other government benefit programs offered to low-income households. Georgia SNAP recipients are eligible for a variety of EBT discounts and benefits including discounted Amazon Prime membership, free admission to museums and zoos, discounted phone and internet service, and energy assistance. In this post, we are going to review the Georgia Energy Assistance Program. To see if you qualify to receive an average of $350 in financial assistance per month through the Georgia Energy Assistance Program LIHEAP, keep reading our post below.
For more information about the other discounts and deals offered to Georgia SNAP recipients, check out our Georgia EBT Discounts list for 2018.
The Georgia Department of Human Resources offers energy assistance to those qualified low-income households. The Georgia Energy Assistance Program is run by the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). The Georgia DFCS is also responsible for the following low-income government assistance programs:
- Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)/Food Stamps Program
- Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
- Women, Infants, and Children (WIC)
- Childcare and Parent Services
- Health Coverage
Food stamp and SNAP recipients may be eligible to receive financial assistance through the Georgia Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP. To learn more about energy assistance and to see if you qualify, continue reading this post.
Georgia Energy Assistance Program – LIHEAP
The Georgia Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to eligible low-income households towards their home energy bill. LIHEAP also provides assistance to those low-income households experiencing an energy crisis with life-threatening heating or cooling emergencies, and long-term, low-cost home weatherization assistance. Based on your situation, LIHEAP will provide eligible low-income households with any of the following types of assistance:
Energy Bill Payment Assistance
If you are a low-income household in Georgia, you may qualify to receive Energy Bill Payment Assistance through LIHEAP. Energy Bill Payment Assistance is ongoing financial assistance provided to you on a monthly basis – similar food assistance. Your monthly Energy Bill Payment Assistance amount is dependent upon various factors including your household income and current utility expenses. You will have to qualify for Energy Bill Payment Assistance after a set time period.
Energy Crisis Assistance
If you’re a low-income household in Georgia and are experiencing a life-threatening heating or cooling crisis, you may qualify to receive Energy Crisis Assistance through LIHEAP. Energy Crisis Assistance provides temporary financial assistance during a heating or cooling crisis in which you’ve received a disconnection notice, or your utilities have already been disconnected.
If you qualify for Energy Crisis Assistance, you will receive service within 48 hours after you apply. If you’re in a life-threatening situation, you will receive service within 18 hours after you apply for assistance. Eligibility guidelines for Energy Crisis Assistance in Georgia are the same as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program. For more information about eligibility for Georgia LIHEAP, read our post.
Weatherization and Energy Home Repairs
If you are a low-income household in Georgia, you may qualify to receive weatherization and energy home repair assistance through LIHEAP. Weatherization and energy home repair assistance provides qualifying households with low-cost home repairs related to heating, cooling, or other weatherization and energy issues. Proper home weatherization can save households over $300 per year. If you need additional assistance covering the upfront costs of preparing your home for efficient energy use, you may be eligible for Georgia’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP). To learn more about Georgia WAP for low-income households check out our article.
Georgia LIHEAP Eligibility
In order to receive financial assistance from the Georgia Energy Assistance Program LIHEAP, you must first meet certain requirements. If you do not meet the following requirements, you will not be eligible to receive Low Income Home Energy Assistance in Georgia. The basic requirements that need to be met are:
- You must be a U.S. Citizen or legally admitted immigrant.
- Your total Gross Household Income must be at or below 60% of Georgia’s Median Income (refer to the chart below).
- You must be the person responsible for the paying your household’s energy bill and accept full responsibility for paying the cost of the energy bill for your household’s primary energy source.
- You are not a tenant of subsidized housing whose heating bill is including in your rental payment.
Georgia LIHEAP Application Deadlines
If you believe that you qualify to receive financial assistance through the Georgia Energy Assistance Program and would like to apply, please pay close attention to the Georgia LIHEAP application deadlines outlined below.
The application period for the Georgia LIHEAP begins on the first workday of November every year. **This application period is only open to homebound, the elderly over the age of 65, and those with life-threatening circumstances. For the 2018 and 2019 Georgia LIHEAP Application date, please refer to the dates below:
2018 Georgia LIHEAP Application Date (Elderly & Disabled Only):
2019 Georgia LIHEAP Application Date (Elderly & Disabled Only):
If you do not fall into any of the three categories listed above, the Winter LIHEAP application period opens to the general public on the first workday in December. For the 2018 and 2019 Georgia Winter LIHEAP Application date, please refer to the dates below:
2018 Georgia Winter Application Date:
2019 Georgia Winter Application Date:
All LIHEAP applicants are served on a first-come, first serve basis by each agency for the counties they serve. The program operates until the end of April of the following year or until funding runs out, whichever comes first. It is important that you apply as early to the application as possible to avoid funding running out.
Georgia LIHEAP Application Process
The process for submitting a Georgia LIHEAP application is fairly simple. All applications for Georgia LIHEAP are made through your local Community Action Agency. Currently, assistance is available in all 159 Georgia counties. To locate the Community Action Agency in your county, please go to the use the agency finder tool on Georgia Community Action Association (GCAA) website listed below:
Find your Georgia LIHEAP Location – GCAA Agency Finder
Georgia LIHEAP Application Requirements
If applying for the Georgia Energy Assistance Program LIHEAP, all applicants are required to provide the following items:
- Proof of Income (W-2, Pay Stub, Tax Document)
- Information pertaining to Household Size
- Current Energy Bill
All three items listed above are required in order to apply for energy assistance in Georgia. Any fraudulent information will result in financial restitution from the applicant.
Georgia LIHEAP Amount
Your local Community Action Agency (CAA) is responsible for determining the amount of financial assistance that you will receive through Georgia LIHEAP. On average, Georgia LIHEAP recipients can expect to receive between $310 to $350 in energy assistance for their household. Georgia LIHEAP financial assistance will generally be in the form of a check that is issued directly to your utility company on behalf of your household.
The amount of financial assistance that your household will receive is dependent upon several factors including your projected gross annual household income (including taxes), the number of people in your household, your current energy bill amount, your energy bill payment schedule, and the projected increased cost of your home heating energy.
The CAA is responsible for providing LIHEAP services to Georgia residents on behalf of the Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS). For information on CAA’s in your area, please call 1-877-423-4746.
Georgia LIHEAP Contact Information
For questions or more information about the Georgia Energy Assistance Program LIHEAP, you can call the State LIHEAP Office to speak with someone at the following phone number:
Georgia LIHEAP Office Phone Number: (404) 657-3427
We hope this post about the Georgia Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) was helpful to you! If you have any questions about Energy Assistance in Georgia, how to apply, or determining if you qualify, please leave those in the comments section below. If you would like to cover another topic pertaining to Georgia LIHEAP, you can also leave those in the comments below.