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Financial Assistance | Fuel & Utilities | Energy Assistance
A program of Bedford County Department of Social Services
119 East Main Street
Bedford, VA  24523
Main Phone: (540) 586-7750  
Main Fax: (540) 586-7781  
Website:   http://www.co.bedford.va.us/Res/Social/
Contact for services:  Staff
What type of business is this?  Local Government

Who Are We?
Bedford Department of Social Services offers Energy Assistance Programs to low-income eligible households.  Families receive federal assistance with their home heating and cooling bills.

The heating program helps eligible households with the costs of heating their homes. To be eligible for fuel assistance, there are certain income guidelines, resource maximums and living arrangements that must be met. The household must also be responsible for paying the heating bill. Fuel Assistance applications are accepted from the second Tuesday in October through the second Friday in November at the Department of Social Services. Fuel Assistance applications are processed as soon as possible, and applicants should expect notification of their eligibility determination by mid-December.

The cooling program is for cooling assistance. Applications for Cooling Assistance are accepted at the Department of Social Services from June 15 through August 15 to help eligible households with their cooling needs. To be eligible for any type of Cooling Assistance, fuel eligibility criteria must be met, the household must contain at least one vulnerable person and there must be a cooling need.

Crisis Assistance: Provides assistance to prevent or alleviate a crisis situation when there are no resources for senior citizens. Applications are accepted from November 1, through March 15th. Please call for more information.

The following types of assistance are available if eligibility conditions are met: purchase of a portable or installed fan, purchase and installation of an air conditioner, payment of an electric utility security deposit, or payment of the electric bill to operate the cooling equipment.
Cooling assistance begins the middle of June; heating assistance begins the middle of November.

Who Do We Serve?

Among our staff, we can speak:English Service Area (Cities|Counties):Bedford City,Bedford County Other Eligibility Requirements:Elderly, 18 + years and disabled child in the home with a disability; residence in Bedford City or County

How Much Does Our Service Cost?

Cost for Services:No Fee

The When and How?
Hours of operation:           Monday:8:00 AM-4:30 PM          Tuesday:8:00 AM-4:30 PM          Wednesday:8:00 AM-4:30 PM          Thursday:8:00 AM-4:30 PM          Friday:8:00 AM-4:30 PM
How to Access Services:Call office. Ask for Fuel Assistance Worker
Consumers can expect to be contacted in 24 hours. Consumer can self refer.
Accessible to Public Transportation?N/A
This listing last updated:6/6/2012 Internal ID #: 68400