Low-income residents in Northern Virginia can receive help this winter with fuel bills and other energy-related costs through the Virginia Fuel Assistance Program.
As much as $200 in heating aid is available to families for this winter season. To be eligible for the program, residents must show that their gross household income for the last 90 days has not exceeded an average of:
$349 a month for a one-person household.
$462 a month for a two-person household.
$575 a month for a three-person household.
$688 a month for a four-person household.
$113 a month for each additional person in households of more than four.
In Arlington, approximately $233,000 is available through the program. Applications are being accepted by the Arlington County Department of Human Resources. Residents interested in the program should call 558-2105 as soon as possible. Senior citizen centers and nutrition sites soon will take applications for people 60 and older.
Alexandria has approximately $348,833 for the program, which is being administered by the Alexandria Department of Social Services, with assistance from the Economic Opportunities Commission, Hopkins House Association and Senior Citizens Employment and Services.
Alexandria residents can get information and applications Monday through Friday at the following locations: Economic Opportunities Commission -- Charles Houston Center, 901 Wythe St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 2 to 4 p.m., (750-6489); Duke Street Baptist Church, 4335 Duke St., 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., (370-4180); Potomac West Center, 2419 Mount Vernon Ave., 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., (750-5729); Hopkins House Association, Inc., 1224 Princess St., 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., (549-4232).
Senior citizens may apply from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Friday at Senior Citizens Employment Services Inc., 121 N. St. Asaph St., (836-4414). ADC recipients may apply from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Alexandria Department of Social Services, 110 N. Royal St., (750-5777).
In Fairfax County, approximately $473,509 is available through the state program.
For more information, Fairfax County residents should call 591-3791 (691-3255, TTY for deaf callers) between 10 a.m. and 8 p.m. daily. Applications can be processed by mail if necessary. A tape-recorded message refers callers to appropriate emergency assistance at other hours and on weekends.
Applications are being accepted from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at the following offices of the Fairfax County Department of Social Services: Baileys Crossroads, 5633 Leesburg Pike; South County, 6911 Richmond Highway; Fairfax, 6911 University Dr., and Reston, 1760 Reston Ave.
Loudoun County has $65,162 available for the fuel program. Residents should call 777-0353 before applying at the Department of Social Services, 137 S. Catoctin Circle, Leesburg, from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.
Prince William County has $162,000 available for the program. Residents should call the Department of Social Services at 368-6377 for information and applications. Two community groups also operate a supplemental fuel assistance program for low-income people who don't qualify under the state rules.