Fuel Assistance in Vermont
Fuel Assistance (also known as Home Heating Assistance) can help pay part of your home heating bills whether you:
Who is eligible?
You may be eligible if your gross household income is equal to or less than 185% of the federal poverty level, based on household size — regardless of the resources (e.g., savings, retirement accounts, or property) that you own. Click here for the income guidelines for this year's heating season.
Income is the total money coming into your household each month, including wages, Reach Up cash assistance, Unemployment Compensation, Social Security or SSI benefits, child support or alimony. There may be people who live in your home who will not be in your Fuel Assistance household (e.g., caretaker or roomer). This means their income will not count when we determine whether you are eligible and for how much.You still need to list everyone living in your home on the application form.
How do I apply?
If you need help applying, contact your local Community Action Agency. Vermonters age 60 and older may also call the Senior Helpline at 1-800-642-5119 for assistance.
How much help can I get?
As more families participate in the program, the benefits will be smaller. This means that you should plan to pay a bigger portion of your heating costs this coming winter.
Please note: suppliers of firewood/wood pellets no longer need to be certified. Benefits will be paid directly to eligible applicants.