Lines form early for heating bill help

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) – Hundreds of Chatham County residents lined up early Wednesday morning, hoping to receive assistance on their energy bills.

The Economic Opportunity Authority provides state grants to low-income households to help with energy bills. People started lining up outside the EOA building on Anderson Street as early as Tuesday night for an appointment.

The state provides a limited amount of money for the grants so applicants have to meet certain income requirements.

"It's real important for me. It will help out a lot and I am unemployed right now and Christmas is coming around and it will be a big help," said Christina Pleasant of Savannah.

The EOA has already helped more than 1,000 residents aged 65 and older apply for assistance to help pay their home heating bills. It will be handing out appointments slips again next Monday on a first-come, first-serve basis.

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