Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. is offering home heating help for the elderly and medically homebound for 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 beginning on Nov. 1.

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, people 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," 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 www.ndo.org/eap. 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 this time.

"No walk-ins, please," officials said.

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

Only households 65 years of age and older or medically homebound may apply Nov. 1. Applicants that do not meet the required criteria will be denied. The general public may apply beginning on Dec. 2.

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