DCF Provides Additional Funds to Help Vermonters Stay Warm This Winter

11 February 2016

Essex Junction – Commissioner Ken Schatz announced today that the Department for Children and Families (DCF) is providing $500,000 to the state’s five Community Action Agencies to fund crisis fuel assistance grants through their WARMTH programs. These additional monies, funded from the state’s fuel assistance budget, will help about 2,000 low-income households make one-time purchases of up to $250 in additional home heating fuel.

“With private donations significantly lower than expected this year, households at the lowest income levels are struggling to keep their homes warm and to do so safely,” said Commissioner Schatz. “These extra grants will help make sure they don’t have to use costly electric space heaters or unsafe heating sources to stay warm.”

Grants will be available to households that have:

  • Exhausted their seasonal and crisis fuel grants
  • Incomes at or below 150% of the federal poverty level
  • At least one household member age 60 or older, disabled, or under the age of 6

“When a family asks for crisis fuel assistance, it means that their tank is on empty,” said Hal Cohen, Secretary of AHS. “We are very pleased to provide these additional resources to help keep families warm this winter.”

For a list of Community Action Agencies, dial 2-1-1 or go to http://dcf.vermont.gov/partners/caps