The Salvation Army’s Project SHARE has begun accepting applications for a special natural gas assistance program for needy Georgians. As previously announced, the Georgia Public Service Commission (PSC) provided a generous grant of $1 million to assist low-income natural gas consumers served by gas providers (marketers) on the Atlanta Gas Light Company (AGLC) pipeline system. This includes most major natural gas companies in Georgia.
Clients who seek assistance must apply through their local SHARE case-management office. In addition to the standard SHARE eligibility and restrictions, the following eligibility qualifications will be required:
Client must be requesting assistance with the account they hold with one of the eleven AGLC Pipeline Marketers:
|Constellation Natural Gas||Infinite Energy|
|Coweta-Fayette Natural Gas||Scana Energy|
|Fireside Natural Gas||Stream Energy|
|Gas South||Walton EMC Natural Gas|
|Georgia Natural Gas|
Eligible clients must qualify as “low-income.”
Assistance is limited to $300.00 per qualified client household.
This amount may not be sufficient to reconnect or properly maintain gas service, and the client may also present other needs that require attention to stabilize the household. Therefore, SHARE/PSC assistance does not disqualify a worthy client for other sources of aid, including standard SHARE assistance and outside programs such as LIHEAP.
The SHARE/PSC program is expected to provide assistance to low-income Georgians through the end of 2011, but will be extended into the following year if funds are still available. Georgia Divisional Commander Jim Arrowood said, “The Salvation Army is grateful for this recognition of Project SHARE by the PSC, and thankful for the opportunity to serve more Georgians in crisis at this critical time.”