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Need help heating your home?
Your local department of social services will applications for the annual fuel assistance program through Nov. 9.
Virginia Department of Social Services Commissioner Martin D. Brown said:
“With cooler temperatures predicted this winter, many Virginians will be facing higher heating costs. Fuel Assistance can help reduce home heating costs by supplementing a portion of annual heating expenses. Many of our most vulnerable citizens are already struggling financially, so we’re encouraging them to submit an application, as soon as possible, to their local department of social services.”
To qualify for help, a one-person household’s maximum gross monthly income cannot exceed $1,211. For a household of four, the maximum gross monthly income level is $2,498.
The Fuel Assistance Program assists with various types of energy sources, including electricity, natural and liquid propane gas, oil, kerosene, coal and wood. VDSS’ EAP is funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program block grant, which gives states money to help low-income households with home energy costs.
You can now apply for heating help or other social services online.