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Energy Assistance
Fuel, Crisis, and Cooling Programs
Social Services administers programs to help with heating or cooling costs throughout the year for income eligible households through the Energy Assistance Program.  The Energy Assistance Program consists of the following three components:
  • Fuel
  • Cooling
  • Crisis

Fuel Assistance
The Fuel Assistance program helps with home heating costs.  Applications are accepted from the second Tuesday in October through the second Friday in November.

Cooling Assistance
The Cooling Program provides purchases or repairs of cooling equipment and/or payment for electricity to operate cooling equipment.  To be eligible a household must be income eligible and contain at least one vulnerable individual who is age 60 or over, disabled, or under the age of 6. 

Crisis Assistance
The Crisis Assistance Program is intended to meet a household's emergency heating need, when no other resource is available.  Starting from November 1 through March 15 applications are accepted to help with repair or replacement of heating equipment.  Applications for payment of heat utility bills or the purchase of home heating fuel are accepted beginning the first work day in January.

For more information call (434) 799-5040 or apply online at: https://commonhelp.virginia.gov/access/

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