Home Energy Assistance Application Period Opens October 8

The application period for Virginia residents seeking financial assistance for the 2013-2014 heating season through the Virginia Energy Assistance program opens on October 8 and continues through November 8, 2013. The Virginia Department of Social Services administers the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program through the Virginia Energy Assistance program. Eligible consumers can make applications at their local Department of Social Services office.

“It is important that eligible consumers enroll during the next month and take advantage of this energy assistance application period so they can receive benefits later this winter,” said Carl W. Levander, president of Columbia Gas of Virginia. “We also encourage customers to consider using our WarmWise energy efficiency program which offers free energy saving materials and rebates to help reduce energy consumption.”

To learn more about eligibility requirements go to www.dss.virginia.gov or call 2-1-1. Columbia Gas of Virginia customers can also call its Energy Assistance Hotline at 1.800.272.2714 for assistance support or log on to www.columbiagasva.com to find the local Department of Social Services offices serving their community. Learn more about WarmWise at www.WarmWiseVA.com.

Virginia Fuel Assistance Eligibility Criteria
Must be at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Income Guidelines.
Family Size           Monthly Income               Annual Income
1                              $1,245                              $14,937
2                              $1,681                              $20,163
3                              $2,116                              $25,389
4                              $2,552                              $30,615
5                              $2,987                              $35,841
Families of more than (5) add $436/monthly or $5,226/year for each additional family member. The Fuel Assistance Program in Virginia is based on need.

For more information on bill payment options, energy assistance and other information please go to www.columbiagasva.com, click on Manage Your Account or call Columbia Gas of Virginia’s Customer Contact Center at 1.800.543.8911.