ATLANTA -- The Fulton Atlanta Community Action Authority has run out of money for its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), despite increased funding from the federal government.
FACAA has posted this notice on its website: "Funds for LIHEAP have been exhausted. No further appointments for applications can be provided until further notice."
Seniors began applying for as much as $350 in help in November. Monday was supposed to be the first application day for other residents who fall below the income cap.
Rep. John Lewis (D-Atlanta) issued a statement late Monday after receiving complaints from constituents who were turned away.
"Even though there have been automatic cuts to some federal spending programs that have dramatically affected many of my constituents in the 5th District, this program is not one of them," Rep. Lewis said.
"Our preliminary review of federal records shows that the state of Georgia actually received slightly more this year than in 2013 -- $60.441 million in FY2014 as compared to $60.387 million in FY2013, about a $54,000 difference," he added.
Rep. Lewis said staffers reached out to the Georgia Department of Human Services and FACAA on Monday, but they were still waiting for answers.