Ninth District Opportunity Inc. is offering home heating help for the elderly and medically homebound in Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

“Households in which every member is age 65 and older or is medically homebound due to health reasons may apply for assistance with their heating bills now,” states Brenda Dalin, program director.

One time payments will be made by check issued to the home heating suppliers up to $400. Eligibility for the program is based on the income of all household members.

When applying for assistance, persons will present verification of age for everyone in the home, verification of all household income received within the past 30 days (check stubs, public assistance checks, unemployment checks, etc.); verification of Social Security numbers for everyone in the home, verification of citizenship (driver’s license, state ID, etc.) and the most recent heating source and electric bill.

“Please bring all documentation as we can no longer obtain the information for you,” states Dalin.

All eligible applicants are asked to contact Ninth District Opportunity, Inc.’s scheduling system at 855-636-3108 or go online to

No walk-ins are accepted.

Appointments will be scheduled until March 31 or until all funds are exhausted. Additional information will be made available online at

Only households 65 years of age or medically homebound may apply. Applicants that do not meet the required criteria will be denied. The general public may apply on Monday, Dec. 2.

Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. is an equal opportunity agency while providing services without regard to age, race, religion, gender, sexual orientation, disability, national origin or any other classification or category.


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