RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – The Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) has opened applications for fuel assistance under a federally funded program.

“The Energy Assistance Program is an essential lifeline for individuals and families who can sacrifice basic expenses to meet rising energy costs. The winter months can be very difficult when families struggle to stay warm,” said VDSS Commissioner Danny Avula. “We are pleased to once again provide this resource and help Virginia residents who otherwise would not have the resources to pay their heating bills or overcome energy emergencies.”

To benefit from the fuel subsidy, people who apply for it must have a household income that does not exceed a certain threshold. Guidelines for maximum income by household size can be found in the table below:

household size Monthly income limit
1 $1,699
2 $2,289
3 $2,879
4 $3,469
5 $4,059
6 $4,649
seven $5,239
8 $5,829
Each additional person $590

According to the VDSS, fuel assistance was provided to more than 107,000 Virginia households last year.

Applications will be open until Monday 14 November and can be submitted on linein person at local directorates of social services or by calling 855-635-4370 during normal office hours. To check eligibility for online benefit assistance, visit CommonHelp website.