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Need Help with Your Heating Costs? Fuel Assistance Applications are Now Being Accepted

Applications for Fuel Assistance from the Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program are being accepted from Tuesday, October 12, through Friday, November 12, at local departments of social services.  The Fuel Assistance program helps eligible households with the costs of heating their homes, with eligibility guidelines depending on household size and income levels. 

“Recent warm temperatures have been a blessing for many, as they may not have had to use heat yet – but, cold weather is coming.  This program can help offset costs, as many people face tough budgetary choices when the cold weather hits,” said Kathy Ralston, Director of Albemarle County Social Services.

“Those living in lower-income households and members of at-risk groups, including the elderly and persons with disabilities, have until Nov. 12 to apply for assistance.  We encourage those who may qualify to submit their applications now,” Ralston urged.  

The Energy Assistance Program is funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program block grant.  The Fuel Assistance Program was created in 1979 and each year serves approximately 105,000 households across the Commonwealth. 

Anyone who feels they may be eligible for fuel assistance should contact their local Department of Social Services.  To apply, you may visit, call, or write to the social services department in the locality where you live.

Albemarle Department of Social Services                                               
1600 5th Street, Suite A                                     
Charlottesville, VA 22902                           
(434) 972-4010                                               

Charlottesville Department of Social Services
120 7th St. N. E.
 P. O. Box 911
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 970-3400

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