Georgia Energy Assistance Program

Last Updated on

If you are currently receiving Georgia food stamps, you may also qualify for other financial assistance in Georgia. The USDA offers several government benefit programs that provide financial help low-income households.

In this article, we help you find our if you are eligible to receive help with your energy bill through the Georgia Energy Assistance Program. You may qualify to receive an average of $350 per month through the Georgia Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

To see if you eligible for help paying for your heating and energy bill, continue reading below.

Georgia Energy Assistance Program for Low Income Households

Georgia Financial Assistance Programs

The Georgia Department of Human Resources offers energy assistance to those qualified low-income households. 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 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
  • Medicaid

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. LIHEAP applies cash benefits directly towards the household’s home energy and heating bill.

The program also provides assistance to those low-income households experiencing an energy crisis. For instance, households experiencing a life-threatening heating or cooling emergency or 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.

What is Energy Bill Payment Assistance?

Energy Bill Payment Assistance is ongoing financial assistance provided to low-income households on a monthly basis.

How much Energy Bill Payment Assistance can I receive?

Your monthly Energy Bill Payment Assistance amount is dependent upon various factors including your household income and current utility expenses. You must qualify for Energy Bill Payment Assistance after a set period of time.

Energy Crisis Assistance

If your household is experiencing a life-threatening heating or cooling crisis, you may qualify to receive Energy Crisis Assistance through LIHEAP.

What is Energy Crisis Assistance?

Energy Crisis Assistance provides temporary financial assistance during a heating or cooling crisis. To qualify, you must receive a disconnection notice or your utilities are already disconnected.

How soon can I receive Energy Crisis Assistance?

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

You may also qualify to receive weatherization and energy home repair assistance through LIHEAP.

What is Energy Home Repair Assistance?

Weatherization and energy home repair assistance provides 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:

  1. You must be a U.S. Citizen or legally admitted immigrant.
  2. Your total Gross Household Income must be at or below 60% of Georgia’s Median Income (refer to the chart below).
  3. 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.
  4. You are not a tenant of subsidized housing whose heating bill is including in your rental payment.

Georgia LIHEAP Eligibility Chart

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 2020 Georgia LIHEAP Application date, please refer to the dates below:

2020 Georgia LIHEAP Application Date (Elderly & Disabled Only)

Monday, November 2, 2020

 

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 2020 Georgia Winter LIHEAP Application date, please refer to the dates below:

2020 Georgia Winter Application Date

 

Tuesday, December 1, 2020

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 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:

  1. Proof of Income (W-2, Pay Stub, Tax Document)
  2. Information pertaining to Household Size
  3. 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:

  • Estimated household income for the year (including taxes)
  • Number of people in your household
  • Average energy bill amount per month
  • Energy bill payment schedule
  • Estimated 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

Georgia EBT Discounts

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.

For more information about the other discounts and deals offered to Georgia SNAP recipients, check out our Georgia EBT Discounts list for 2020.

Georgia Assistance Summary

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.

Comments

comments