What is the H.E.A.T.?
The Heating Energy Assistance Team (H.E.A.T.), Inc. is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides energy assistance statewide to Georgians in need regardless of the energy used - natural gas, propane, electricity, oil, wood, coal, or other.
How is H.E.A.T. funded?
H.E.A.T. is funded by contributions from private citizens, energy companies, organizations, and corporations. Some citizens donate to H.E.A.T. through their utility bill while others make direct donations.
How great is the need for assistance?
Official estimates are that only a fraction of the potentially eligible households receive help. The need is tremendous.
How can you help?
The amount of funds available for distribution depends on the generous donations of private citizens, organizations, and businesses. You can help your fellow Georgians by donating in one of the following ways:
- Online at H.E.A.T.'s secured Web site - www.heatga.org
- Monthly through utility bills (if you are a SCANA Energy, Walton EMC Natural Gas, City of Royston, City of Hartwell, City of Toccoa, City of Cochran, City of Claxton, or City of Perry and the City of Sylvester customers)
- Mail contribution to –
Wells Fargo Bank, N.A.
P.O. Box 930112
Atlanta, GA 31193
Are contributions tax deductible?
Yes - contributions are tax deductible to the extent permitted by law.
How are H.E.A.T. funds disbursed?
The Georgia Division of Family and Children Services (DFCS) distributes the funds through local Community Action Agencies. Qualified families apply for assistance at the agency that serves their county. Call the DFCS information and referral line at 404-656-2323 or 1-877-423-4746 to find out the name and number of the agency that serves your area. Once an applicant has been approved for energy assistance, a check is sent to the energy provider and applied toward the applicant's account. If you have questions about how to apply for H.E.A.T. funds, please call 678-406-0212.
How much money has been disbursed by H.E.A.T.?
H.E.A.T. has distributed more than $22 million to more than 95,000 families since it began in 1983. During the 2014/2015 winter, $567,000 was provided for energy assistance; 1,642 households were served.
Who is eligible to receive H.E.A.T. funds?
Qualified households must meet guidelines that include income eligibility. Recipients of funds could be a family whose breadwinner is out of a job, or an elderly couple trying to get by on a small, fixed income, or a widow with small children. A great many people need help with heating bills though no fault of their own.
What can H.E.A.T. do to help people reduce energy use so their energy bills are smaller?
All H.E.A.T. recipients are referred to the state's weatherization program, if eligible. Also, low-cost or no-cost energy-saving tips are offered on the H.E.A.T. Web site to help people conserve energy.
Who monitors H.E.A.T.?
The H.E.A.T. program is administered under the auspices of a Board of Directors consisting of volunteer business and consumer leaders from around the state.
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