Low income residents of Chattooga County will soon be able to apply for help to offset the cost of home heating, according to North Georgia Community Action, Inc. which contracts with the Georgia Department of Human Resources to operate the program.

The Regular Energy Assistance Program officially opens TODAY November 3rd. with the beginning of the homebound/elderly application intake period.  Homebound Households are defined as those households in which everyhousehold member is confined to the home because of medical conditions or disabilities.  Elderly households are defined as those households in which every household member is aged 65 years or older.  (If anyone in the household is under age 18 and all other household members are 65 or older, that household will meet the definition of elderly.)

All households participating in the program must provide verifications and meet the income criteria; be responsible for paying the cost of energy for the homeheating directly to the supplierand be U.S. Citizens or legally admitted aliens, except for certain aliens admitted under section 210A or 245A.

For More information call North Georgia Community Action Inc.’s community service center at 706-857-0729.