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Stay Warm This Winter

Winter is coming. I’ve been getting out my sweaters, checking to see if my sons managed to not lose any winter hats and gloves, and have had my furnace tuned. I hate to be cold, and I’m not taking any chances. But for many, staying warm is a luxury.

Virginia Department of Social Services has started its annual Fuel Assistance Program which helps people pay for heating costs.

To qualify for Fuel Assistance, a one-person household’s maximum gross monthly income cannot exceed $1,174.00. For a household of four, the maximum gross monthly income level is $2,389.00.

While called Fuel Assistance, the program assists with various types of energy sources, including electricity, natural and liquid propane gas, oil, kerosene, coal and wood.

To apply, go to your local department of social services. Nearby, those include:

Caroline Department of Social Services

Cynthia J. Green, Director

17202 Richmond Turnpike

P.O. Box 430

Bowling Green, VA 22427

(804) 633-5071

Culpeper County Human Services

Lisa Peacock, Director

219 E. Davis St., Suite 10

Culpeper, VA 22701

(540) 727-0372

Fredericksburg Department of Social Services

Christen Gallik, Acting Director

608 Jackson Street

Suite 100

Fredericksburg, VA 22401

(540) 372-1032

King George Department of Social Services

David L. Coman, Director

10069 Kings Highway

P.O. Box 130

King George, VA 22484-0130

(540) 775-3544

Orange County Department of Social Services

Robert Lingo, Director

146 Madison Road, Suite 201

Orange, VA 22960

(540) 672-1155

Stafford County Department of Social Services

Michael J. Muse, Director

Stafford County Government Center

1300 Courthouse Road

P.O. Box 7

Stafford, VA 22555-0007

(540) 658-8720

Spotsylvania Department of Social Services

Loraine V. Lemoine, Director

9019 Old Battlefield Blvd

Spotsylvania, VA 22553

Mailing: P.O. Box 249

Spotsylvania, VA 22553

(540) 507-7898