Brenda Dalin, program director for Ninth District Opportunity, has announced that Cooling CARES Help is available for Banks, Barrow, Clarke, Dawson, Elbert, Forsyth, Franklin, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union and White counties.

Households who have not had heating or cooling assistance since November 2019 may apply for assistance with their home cooling bills beginning on July 1, 2020. One time payments will be made by check issued to the home cooling suppliers on behalf of eligible households up to $400. Eligibility for the program is based on the income of all household members. All eligible households must be responsible for their home cooling costs.

All eligible applicants are asked to contact Ninth District Opportunity Inc.'s scheduling system July 1, 2020, beginning at 12:01 a.m. by telephone at 855-626-3125 or go online to www.ndo.org/eap. Phone lines or website for scheduling will not be active until the opening date of the program and no appointments will be made by telephone or online until this time. No walk-ins will be taken. Appointments will be scheduled until all funds are exhausted. Additional information will be made available online at www.ndo.org.

Only households who have not had heating or cooling since November 2019 may apply July 1, 2020. Applicants that do not meet the required criteria will be denied. If funds are available, income eligible households may apply on Aug. 3, 2020.

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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