The Covington News - - Lo­cal news -

from the Cov­ing­ton Po­lice Depart­ment.

Fi­nan­cial as­sis­tance will be awarded on a first-come, first serve ba­sis.

Fi­nan­cial pay­ments this year from the pro­gram, which has been around for many years, are larger than last year and will range from $ 310 to $ 350 per house­hold.

John Scog­gins, CEO of Ac­tion Inc., said pay­ments last year av­er­aged around $ 250. Congress in­creased fund­ing to LIHEAP ear­lier this year as the re­sult of ris­ing coal and nat­u­ral gas prices.

“ Be­cause there’s such a large in­crease this year in the fund­ing… Ge­or­gia is get­ting about three times as much heat­ing as­sis­tance as it has in the past,” Scog­gins said.

The amount of money each house­hold can re­ceive un­der the pro­gram is de­ter­mined by in­come lev­els and the num­ber of peo­ple in each house­hold. Scog­gins said Ge­or­gia is es­ti­mat­ing that the av­er­age pay­ment this year will be $ 342.

Un­der the pro­gram this year New­ton County was al­lo­cated $ 531,253. Al­ready $ 42,740 has been awarded from the fund.

To qual­ify, ap­pli­cants must have a yearly house­hold in­come that is no greater than 150 per­cent of fed­eral poverty guide­lines.

For a one-per­son house­hold that would be $ 15,600; for two peo­ple $ 21,000; for three peo­ple $ 26,400; for four peo­ple $ 31,800; for five peo­ple $ 37,200; for six peo­ple $ 42,600; for seven peo­ple $ 48,000 and for eight peo­ple $ 53,400.

Ap­pli­cants for fund­ing should bring with them to their in­ter­view: proof of in­come re­gard­less of the source ( wages, child sup­port, So­cial Se­cu­rity, Sup­ple­men- tal Se­cu­rity in­come, un­em­ploy­ment, TANF) for all house­hold mem­bers for the last month, the most re­cent home heat­ing bill, pic­ture ID of the ap­pli­cant, proof of age for house­hold mem­bers 65 years and older and proof of So­cial Se­cu­rity num­bers for all house­hold mem­bers.

Non U. S. cit­i­zens that have a child in the house­hold who has a So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber or who has ap­plied for a So­cial Se­cu­rity num­ber may also ap­ply for as­sis­tance through the pro­gram.

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