Funding low for energy assistance as cold weather arrives

Funding low for energy assistance as cold weather arrives

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Hundreds of folks lined up early outside the Economic Opportunity Authority building off Anderson Street to get energy assistance.

The first in line, Linda Bryant, arrived at 10 a.m. Sunday to ensure she could get some help with their electric bill.

By Monday morning, the line began to snake around the block on Anderson St. at MLK Blvd.

With limited funds, the agency first provided heating assistance to senior citizens and the homebound in November. With more than 1,000 people served now, the EOA is opening the program to the general public.

Hundreds will be given a ticket to make an appointment, but despite their efforts, the EOA only has a limited amount of funds to give out to help keep Chatham County families warm this winter season.

"I pray to God they have enough funds for everybody," said Bryant, citizen seeking energy assistance.

"We are seeing more people this year than we have every seen before," said Theodosia Johnston, EOA. "It appears the need is greater. I don't think we will be able to meet demand."

The EOA will provide energy assistance on Monday's until the funds run out.

For additional EOA Energy Assistance Program information, check here.

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