EOA holds energy assistance sign up program

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Economic Opportunity Authority for Savannah-Chatham County will begin its energy assistance heating program for low-income residents 65 years of age and older as well as homebound residents on Tuesday.

The program runs until 5 p.m. Tuesday at the Savannah Civic Center.

"Because of the rising cost of utilities, it's hard for those on fixed incomes to buy their utilities," said Theodosia Johnston, director of neighborhood services.

From Nov. 2 to Nov. 30, applications will be taken daily on eligible homebound and those 65 years of age and older, on a first-come, first-serve basis at EOA at 618 W. Anderson St. The hours of application intake will be from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. Monday through Friday.

The EOA is planning to help at least 300 people on Tuesday with their energy bills. Federal funds have cut EOA funds by more than half. The amount of people the EOA is able to help is minimal compared to last year.

Information required for the application:

  • Written proof of the total household income for the last 30 days.
  • Social Security numbers cards for all household members.
  • The most recent heating bill.
  • Proof of age (required for the elderly 65 years and over).
  • Authorization statement if someone else is applying for the applicant.
  • The name of the person authorized to apply for the applicant must be included in the note, along with the signature of the applicant.

Appointments for the general public will begin on Dec. 1 at EOA office on Anderson Street  and every Monday thereafter as  long  as  funds are available, according to the organization.

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