Energy Assistance (EA)
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The purpose of this program is to help eligible low-income households offset expenses associated with heating and/or cooling their home.

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Fuel Assistance — Offsets Heating Fuel Costs

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Applications are accepted from the second Tuesday in October until the second Friday in November.

yellow square bullet Eligibility Requirements

  • Household applying must be responsible for heating costs
  • For a complete list of eligibility requirements, refer to the manual below.

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Applicants should expect notification of their eligibility in late-December.

Crisis Assistance — Applies to Heating Emergencies

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  • Equipment-related assistance & security deposits - November 1 through March 15
  • Heating fuel & utility bills (primary heat expense) - First workday in January through March 15

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  • Heating equipment - repair or replacement
  • Heating equipment - supplemental (example: fuel tanks)
  • Security deposit - primary heat expense
  • Heating fuel/utility - primary
  • For details and a complete list of assistance available, refer to the manual below

yellow square bullet Eligibility Requirements

  • There must be a heating emergency, such as:
    • Lack of heat
    • Imminent utility cut-off
    • Inoperable or unsafe heating equipment
  • For a complete list of eligibility requirements, refer to the manual below.

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Cooling Assistance — Applies to Cooling Utility Bills & Equipment

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Applications are accepted June 15 through August 15.

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  • Air conditioning unit (window) - purchase and install
  • Air conditioning unit (central) - repair air conditioning unit or heat pump
  • Electric bill - operate cooling equipment
  • Security deposit - electric
  • For details and a complete list of assistance available, refer to the manual below

yellow square bullet Eligibility Requirements

  • Must have cooling expense responsibility
  • Household must include one vulnerable individual age 60 or older, disabled or under age six
  • For a complete list of eligibility requirements, refer to the manual below.

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Weatherization Assistance — Applies to Energy efficiency & Air Filtration

The Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) administers this program. For details, visit their website.

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blue square bullet Legal Basis

  • Federal Legal Base - Energy Policy Act of 2005, Public Law 109 - 58
  • Federal Regulations Base - 45 CFR Part 96 Subparts A - F and H
  • State Legal Base - Code of Virginia, Sections 63.2 - 217 and 63.2 - 805