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Fuel assistance applications deadline nearing

Applications for fuel assistance from the Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program are being accepted through Friday, November 13.  Families and individuals must apply through their local department of social services. In Middlesex, call 758-2348.

“This program helps offset heating costs for many families who truly need the help,” said VDSS Commissioner Anthony Conyers Jr. “We encourage those who think they may qualify—including those who have never sought assistance before—to submit their applications as soon as possible.”  

Fuel assistance is a supplemental program intended to assist households in meeting their home heating energy needs.  To qualify for fuel assistance, a one-person household’s maximum gross monthly income cannot exceed $1,174.  For a household of four, the maximum gross monthly income level is $2,389.  While called fuel assistance, the program assists with various types of energy sources, including electricity, natural and liquid propane gas, oil, kerosene, coal and wood.

For more information on the Energy Assistance Program, visit

posted 11.10.2009

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