LIHEAP: Fighting Poverty in Georgia
LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
60% State Median Income
LIHEAP FY 2014 Funding
LIHEAP Income Eligibility Level
LIHEAP FY 2013 Benefit
Heating: $320 minimum, $345 average, $350 maximum
Cooling: $350 maximum
LIHEAP Households Served
Heating and cooling: 156,649
(Estimate for FY 2013)
LIHEAP Program Dates
Heating and crisis: December 2 – until funds are exhausted
(Nov. 1 for homebound, seniors and disabled)
State LIHEAP Resources
The regulated natural gas provider program, provided by SCANA Energy and partially funded by the state’s universal service fund, provides natural gas service to low income households and to consumers who are unable to obtain or maintain natural gas service from another marketer.
Households meeting the low-income requirements established by the Georgia Department of Human Resources qualify for a reduced security deposit, special rates and a lower customer service fee. To sign up, customers need to contact the community action agency serving their county.
Those not meeting low-income requirements may still qualify for service with the Regulated Provider. Call 1-866-245-7742 for complete details or visit this website.
Georgia Utilities with Low-Income Rate Assistance
Since 1989, the Public Utility Commission (PUC) has mandated that major gas and electric utilities waive their monthly service charge for customers over age 65, who own their homes, and earn less than $12,000 per year.
Atlanta Gas Light
Senior citizens who are 65 years of age or older and have a total annual combined household income of $14,355 or less are eligible for up to a $14 monthly discount on their Atlanta Gas Light Company base charge. Natural gas service must also be in the customer’s name to be eligible. To apply complete the mail-in application. For questions, call Metro Atlanta at 770-994-1946 or outside Metro Atlanta at 1-800-427-5463.
Carroll Electric Membership Corporation
Senior Citizens Discount: Members over the age of 62 may receive a discount of $2.50 per month. To sign up, print an application, get it notarized and mail it or bring it by one of the offices. The application can also be notarized at your local office. Call 770-832-3552.
Coweta-Fayette Electric Membership Corporation
Senior Citizen Discount: Qualifying members certified by the Cooperative will be eligible for a $6.50 waiver off the monthly service charge. To qualify, you must be 65 years of age or older with a total household income of $15,000 or less per year. The electric service account must be at your principal place of residence, individually metered, and in your name. Proof of income will be required. Call 770-502-0226.
LIHEAP Discount: Members that receive LIHEAP assistance may receive a $10 discount on the monthly Service Charge. Call 800-342-3616 or 478-988-3500 or visit this website.
Gas South offers its customers, aged 65 and older, various senior rates which provide a discount on natural gas consumption charges. Senior customers may also be eligible for discounted customer services charges and up to a $14.00 monthly discount on Atlanta Gas Light base charges. Call 1-877-332-5442 or visit this website.
Georgia Natural Gas
Customers who are 65 years of age or older with an annual combined gross income per household of $14,355 or less are eligible for a $14.00 monthly discount on their base charge. Call 770-850-6200 or 1-877-850-6200 or visit this website.
The monthly base charge ($10.50 for gas and $14.00 for electric) is waived for customers who are at least 65 years old and the total household income is not more than $12,000 annually. Call 1-888-660-5890 [option 8] for more information.
Snapping Shoals EMC
Senior Citizen-Low Income Assistance: A senior-citizen/low-income discount is available to qualifying members of Snapping Shoals EMC. To qualify you must be at least 65 years of age and your total household income may not be more than $20,000 a year. The discount, which is $7.50 per month, may be applied only to an account serving the principal residence of the qualifying member. The account must be on the regular residential rate, be separately metered and be in the applicant’s name. Call 770-786-3484 for details or visit www.ssemc.com/electric/payment.asp.
State utility resource information provided by the LIHEAP Clearinghouse, a service of the U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.