What is Georgia HEAP/LIHEAP? – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP program was started in 1981 and is funded by federal government. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a heating equipment repair and/or replacement benefit for homeowners with inoperable heating equipment.
HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.
Do You Qualify for HEAP Georgia?
To qualify for Georgia HEAP, you must be enrolled in a qualifying social service program (see below):
- Must be a resident of the state of Georgia
- Must need financial assistance for home energy costs
- You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamp) benefits or
- You receive Temporary Assistance or
- You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone)
- OR your income must be below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Applications for regular HEAP benefits will be accepted beginning around November of the year.
How to apply for Georgia HEAP
The Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) distributes H.E.A.T. funds statewide through local community action agencies. To qualify for assistance, you must meet eligibility requirements. Qualified households may apply for assistance at the agency that serves their county. Download the directory of community action agencies (pdf file) to find out the name and number of the agency that serves your county.
Once an applicant has been approved for energy assistance, a check is sent to the energy provider and applied toward the applicant’s account.
If you have questions about how to apply for H.E.A.T. funds, please call 678-406-0212.
Georgia also provides Weatherization Assistance Program (Georgia WAP) service for those who qualify.
Contact Information on Georgia HEAP:
Georgia Department of Human Services
Two Peachtree Street NW, Suite 29-250
Atlanta, Georgia 30303-3181
TEL: (404) 463-7259
FAX: (404) 463-8046
WEB SITE: www.heatga.org/assistance/assistance.asp
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-800-869-1150