The application period for Virginia residents seeking financial assistance for the 2012-2013 heating season through the Virginia Energy Assistance program, opened on October 9 and continues through November 9, 2012. The Virginia Department of Social Services administers the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance program through the Virginia Energy Assistance program. Eligible consumers can make applications at their local Department of Social Services office.
“We are encouraging consumers to take advantage of this energy assistance application period so they can be helped later this winter,” said Carl W. Levander, president of Columbia Gas of Virginia. “In addition, we urge any of our customers who are facing difficulty in making payments to contact us early as possible, so that we can direct them to payment options, our WarmWise energy efficiency program and other assistance resources.”
To learn more about eligibility requirements go to www.dss.virginia.gov  or call 2-1-1. Columbia Gas of Virginia customers can also call its Energy Assistance Hotline at 1-800-272-2714 for assistance support or log on to www.columbiagasva.com  to find the local Department of Social Services offices serving their community.