In an effort to assist low-income Charlottesville area residents with their gas heating bills, the City participates in two utility assistance programs.
State of Virginia Energy Assistance Program
The State of Virginia Energy Assistance Program helps eligible households with the cost of heating their homes, regardless of the fuel type used. Households must meet income and resource requirements. These guidelines can be obtained from the Department of Social Services. The State Fuel Assistance Program accepts applications in the Fall of each year. Additional information can be obtained by calling your Department of Social Services. The City Social Services phone number is 434-970-3400 and Albemarle County Social Services number is 434-972-4010.
Charlottesville Gas Assistance Program (GAP)
The Charlottesville Gas Assistance Program (GAP) is designed to help those individuals heating with natural gas who, although in financial need, do not qualify for State Fuel Assistance or whose State Assistance allotment has been exhausted. Those individuals qualified for State Fuel Assistance, Rent Relief and/or Tax Relief are automatically qualified to receive GAP funds. Others who are not eligible for these programs, but can provide City staff with proof of financial need may also qualify. Verifications include:
Verification of unpaid leave from work
Virginia Employment Commission papers listing unemployment benefits
Statements from insurance companies or hospitals detailing medical expenses
Other verification accepted on a case by case basis