Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. has announced that home heating and water assistance 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 will be available in the coming weeks.

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 and water bills beginning Nov. 1.

One-time payments will be made by check, issued to the home heating and water suppliers up to $500 each. Eligibility for the programs 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 and water bill.

“Please bring all documentation, as we can no longer obtain the information for you,” Ninth District officials said in a news release.

All eligible applicants are asked to contact Ninth District Opportunity, Inc.’s scheduling system Nov. 1, beginning at 12:01 a.m., by telephone at 855-636-3108, or go online to Phone lines and 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 that time, according to the release. No walk-ins will be allowed. Appointments will be scheduled until all funds are exhausted.

Additional information will be made available online at

Only households 65 years of age and older or medically homebound may apply in November. Applicants that do not meet the required criteria will be denied. The general public may apply starting on Dec. 1.

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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