Fuel assistance available to low income Vermonters
WATERBURY — AHS Secretary Al Gobeille and DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz recently announced that Vermont anticipates receiving approximately $18.9 million in federal funds for this year’s Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) also known as Seasonal Fuel Assistance. This is a three percent increase over last year. The funds will help about 20,000 low-income Vermont households to heat their homes this winter by paying a portion of their home heating bills.
“This program helps low-income Vermonters, especially seniors, people with disabilities and families with children, to stay warm during the winter months,” said Secretary Gobeille. “This assistance is critical to their health and well-being.”
Households may be eligible for Fuel Assistance if their gross household incomes are equal to or less than 185% of the federal poverty level — regardless of the resources that they own (e.g., savings accounts, retirement accounts, and property). To learn more about Fuel Assistance, call 1-800-479-6151 or go to dcf.vermont.gov/benefits.
OTHER ENERGY HELP
Green Mountain Power and Vermont Gas customers who meet income guidelines may be eligible for a discount on their monthly utility bills. To learn more, call 800-775-0516 or go to energyhelp.vt.gov.
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