Home Heating Help

Get ready for higher heating bills. It may not feel like it now, but cooler temperatures will soon be here. That means most of us will be turning up the heat; however, some people just can't afford it. Fortunately help is on the way.

Starting Monday, November third, homebound and elderly residents (65 and older) of Savannah and Chatham County may apply for help with their heating costs. Families with individuals who have life threatening medical conditions and have had service disconnected or are in danger of being disconnected may also apply.

It only takes a few moments to fill out the required paperwork, but there are strict income limits. To participate, families must make a yearly income equal to or less than 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.

Workers with the Energy Assistance Program will help residents fill out their applications. If you can't leave your home, you can send in a statement explaining that you are unable to come in. You must bring: written proof of your total household income for the last month by showing either a pay stub or an award letter. You'll also need Social Security numbers for all the members of your household, your most recent heating bill, and proof of age (such as a driver's license). If you're applying on behalf of a friend or loved one, you'll also need an authorization statement from them.

Elderly or homebound residents can apply for heating assistance beginning Monday, November 3rd from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and from 2 to 3:30 p.m. with the exception of November 11 (Veteran's Day), November 27 and 28 (Thanksgiving holidays).

The Economic Opportunity Authority is located at 618 West Anderson Street in Savannah. Applications are taken on a first come, first served basis. To contact the Economic Opportunity Authority office in Savannah, call (912) 238-2960, ext. 127, 128, 129, 137, 138 or 139.

All other eligible families may apply for heating assistance starting at 9 a.m., December first.

Reported by David Rousseau, drousseau@wtoc.com