Steady Fuel Costs & Lower Caseloads Lead to Slightly Higher Fuel Benefits for Vermont Households

17 October 2017

AHS Secretary Al Gobeille and DCF Commissioner Ken Schatz announced today 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. These 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.”

 Winter season

Average benefit

Average cost
per gallon (blended rate)

Average gallons
purchased with benefit

% of fuel
costs covered

2016/17

$831

$2.16

385

50%

2017/18

$879

$2.16

407

53%

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 1-800-775-0516 or go to energyhelp.vt.gov.


The Vermont Department for Children and Families delivers a wide array of programs and services to Vermonters in areas such as child care, child development, child protection, child support, disability determination, and economic benefits that help meet basic needs.