Ninth District Opportunity can help with heating bills starting Thursday Nov. 1


GAINESVILLE, Ga. — Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. has announced that households in 20 north Georgia counties, including Dawson, Lumpkin and White, in which every member is age 65 and older or is homebound due to health reasons may apply for assistance with their home heating bills starting Thursday November 1.

The Georgia Department of Human Services will help pay heating costs for gas or electric. A one-time payment will be made by check issued to the home energy supplier on behalf of eligible households.

Eligibility for the program is based on the income of all household members. All eligible households must be responsible for their home heating costs.

When applying for assistance, persons must 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.

Ninth District Opportunity says you must bring all documentation with you as they can no longer obtain the information for you.

All eligible applicants are asked to contact Ninth District Opportunity, Inc.’s scheduling system, beginning 12:01 a.m. EST, by telephone at 855-636-3108 or through the website,

The phone lines and website for scheduling will become active Nov. 1. No walk-ins, please. Appointments will be scheduled until all funds are exhausted.

Please do not call the local office to schedule an appointment. All appointments must be made through the automated scheduling service. Additional information will be made available online at

Only households where every member is 65 years of age and older or homebound due to health reasons may apply. Applicants that do not meet the required criteria will be denied.

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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