ATLANTA -- Every winter, we're used to seeing long lines of people hoping to receive help paying their heating bills.

That money comes from a federally funded program, Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), and serves people statewide.

The same money is supposed to fund a summer program for those who need help paying their cooling bill. But this summer, the program never even started; LIHEAP ran out of money.

The office is now referring callers to other resources:United Way keeps a database of available assistance.Call 211 or 404-614-1000 for information, or visit their websiteto search by zip code.

The Salvation Army's Project Share program depends on donations.Power customers can donate money to go toward another family's power bill. Donations can be made online or through your power bill. To learn more, click here or call 1-800-257-4273. Those in needmust applyto receive assistance.

Senior citizens can apply for reduced power bills through Georgia Power. To be eligible, you must beage 65or older with an income of no more than twice the poverty level. Qualifying seniors are eligible for up to $20 off of their monthly bill. Call 888-660-5890 to apply.

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