Last Week to Apply for Home Energy Assistance and Receive Financial Help with Winter Heating Bills

Contact: Bob Innes
(804) 768-6410
(804) 512-1425 - Mobile
rinnes@nisource.com

The application period for Virginia residents seeking financial assistance for the 2013-2014 heating season through the Virginia Energy Assistance program closes on November 8. 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.

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.