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Energy Assistance

SEC wants to ensure that eligible members are aware that the Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) offers assistance with paying energy bills. In order to qualify for this benefit program, members must be a resident of the state of Virginia and must require financial assistance for home energy costs.

VDSS Energy Assistance (EA) 

The purpose of this program is to help eligible low-income households offset expenses associated with heating and/or cooling their home:

  • Fuel Assistance — Offsets Heating Fuel Costs
  • Crisis Assistance — Applies to Heating Emergencies
  • Cooling Assistance — Applies to Cooling Utility Bills & Equipment
  • Weatherization Assistance — Applies to Energy efficiency & Air Filtration

For more information, contact the Virginia Department of Social Services through or 1-855-635-4370.

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

2-1-1 Virginia

2-1-1 Virginia is a free service that can help you find the local resources you need. They are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The service connects people with free information on available community services.

When you dial 2-1-1, a trained professional listens to your situation and suggests sources of help using one of the largest databases of health and human services in Virginia. 

All referrals are confidential and you can search for these same services on the 2-1-1 VIRGINIA website