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    Energy Assistance Programs

    The Energy Assistance Program (EAP) consists of two components: Fuel Assistance (FA) and Emergency Crisis Assistance (CAP). The FA component is intended to provide supplemental assistance to offset the rising costs of home heating expenses. The CAP component is intended to provide assistance with heating equipment needs and emergency fuel outages. Fuel Assistance opens the 2nd Tuesday in October. The last day for applying is the 2nd Friday in November. 

    To Qualify:

    • Have a heat need
    • Meet the income and resource levels (include all persons living in the household)
    • Live in an eligible living arrangement
    • Meet the citizenship requirements

    Crisis Assistance applicants must meet the following criteria:  

    • Income level
    • Resource level

    Deposits: Opens the first working day in November; may only receive once per lifetime per fuel type (natural gas, electric and LP gas).

    Heating Equipment opens November 1st or the first working day in November for replacement, purchase, or repair of primary heating source.

    Primary Fuel opens the first working day in January. Requires cut-off notice for electric and gas. Almost out of fuel oil, wood, coal or island purchased kerosene.

    Cooling Assistance has been offered during the summer. If offered, the state sends out the requirements and policy near or during Summer. Must have at least one vulnerable person in the household (child under 6, person over 60, or disabled person receiving SSI, SSA, Railroad retirement, 100% VA benefits).

    For additional information, or to request an application for any of the programs listed above, contact: (434) 455-5850 or E-mail us.

    To apply online for Energy Assistance go to: www.commonhelp.virginia.gov

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