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Elderly and homebound can soon seek help with cooling bills
Jim Sidars, a service technician with Lawson Air Conditioning and Plumbing, works on a home's unit in Gainesville.

Elderly and medically homebound residents in Hall, Jackson, Lumpkin and other counties in Georgia’s 9th District will be able to apply for assistance with their home cooling bills.

Every member of the household must be 65 and older, or homebound because of health reasons to receive eligibility for the aid.

Brenda Dalin, the program director of Ninth District Opportunity Inc., announced in a press release on Wednesday, April 17 that people can send their applications for the program beginning on Wednesday, May 1.

Ninth District Opportunity will make one-time payments up to $400 by check issued to the home cooling suppliers for eligible households.

The agency will accept applicants based on the income of all household members.

To apply for the cooling assistance program contact the agency at 855-636-3108 or visit Phone lines and website scheduling will not become activated until 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday, May 1.

If funds are available, the general public may apply for the program on Monday, June 3. For more information visit