Georgia heating and fuel assistance programs
Georgia offers its residents a fuel and wintertime heating bill assistance program, and the funds are targeted at the disadvantaged in the state. While there are many conditions in place, it has a goal of helping people pay for their heating and gas bills during the the colder fall, winter, and spring months. The program helps people with low or moderate incomes, those age 65 and older, and those who are homebound. It helps them with paying for expenses such as their home’s natural gas and heating bills.
The program is a huge help to many people who are struggling in this weak economy, and many individuals rely on it to pay their a portion or maybe their entire energy bill. Some people and unemployed households have even indicated that the money they have received through the program covered all their electric bills for the year.
Georgia's energy-assistance program takes takes application from the elderly and the homebound on November 1st. Others, such as lower income families, can apply starting Dec. 1.
Per the terms of the program, heating and energy bill payments will be made primarily by checks to home energy suppliers for electricity, gas, wood, coal, kerosene, or the heating oil that is used in keeping a home warm during the winter months. The one-time payment or cash grant provided will average about $345 per household, however many families may receive more than the average.
The Middle Georgia Community Action Agency administers the program for those people who live in various Central Georgia counties, and they may in fact process more applications than any other agency. To apply for assistance from the fuel program through the Middle Georgia Community Action Agency, contact your local Community Service Center at 478-275-0478.
Also, find below additional Community Service Centers by county. These locations also provide information or can help residents apply.
- Bibb County, contact the Economic Opportunity Council at 478-750-8689 or 478-330-6272
- Bleckley County: (478) 934-7005, 242 E. Dykes Street, Cochran, GA 31014
- Byron: (478) 956-4522, 202 Mosley Road, Byron, P.O. Box 1012, Fort Valley, GA 31030
- Crawford County: 1-866-505-2987, 107 McCrary Street, Roberta, GA 31078
- Dodge County: (478) 374-2261, 324 Pine Street, Eastman, GA 31023
- Jones County: (478) 986-5663, 235 Highway 18 Connector, P.O. Box 2463, Gray, GA 31032
- Laurens County: (478) 275-0478, 127 High Street, Dublin, GA 31021
- Monroe County Community Action Agency: (478) 994-6061, 821 Highway 41 South, P.O. Box 382, Forsyth, GA 31029
- Peach County: (478) 825-3193, 700 Spruce Street, Fort Valley, GA 31030
- Perry: 1-877-653-7169, 1060 Keith Drive, Perry, GA 31069
- Pulaski County: (478) 783-1013, 83 Lumpkin Street, Hawkinsville, GA 31036
- Telfair County Action Agency: (888) 219-8818, 91 Telfair Street, Suite D, McRae, GA 31055
- Treutlen County: (912) 529-3335, 502 Louisiana Avenue W, Soperton, GA 30457
- Twiggs County: (478) 988-0160, 724 Solomon Drive, Jeffersonville, GA 31044
- Warner Robins: (478) 328-0333, 1112 South Davis Drive, P.O. Box 2286, Warner Robins, GA
- Wheeler County: (912) 568-1717, 409 McRae Street, Alamo, GA 30411
- Wilcox County: (229) 365-0077, 405 2nd Avenue, Rochelle, GA 31079
Each gas and electric company that operate across Georgia also provides their customers with grants, weatherization, and financial assistance. Most of the aid is targeted at keeping power on, especially when the weather is a little colder. Click here for an extensive listing of all of the Georgia utility, energy, and cooling bill assistance programs.