Energy Assistance

The Wythe County Department of Social Services administers programs to help with heating or cooling costs throughout the year for income eligible households.

The Fuel Assistance Program provides help to pay winter heating bills. Applications are accepted from the second Tuesday in October through the second Friday in November. Payments to vendors are made during the month of December.

The Crisis Assistance Program is intended to meet a household's emergency heating needs when no other resource is available. Starting from November 1 through March 15, applications are accepted to help with repair or replacement of heating equipment, a one time only security deposit, and/or emergency shelter. Applications for payment of heat utility bills or the purchase of home heating fuel are accepted beginning the first work day in January.

The Cooling Assistance Program provides purchases or repair of cooling equipment and/or payment for electricity to operate cooling equipment. To be eligible, a household must be income eligible and contain at least one vulnerable individual who is age 60 or over, disabled, or under the age of 6. Applications for this program are accepted from June 15 through August 15 each year.

For additional information about the Energy Assistance Program or to obtain applications, you can contact the Wythe County Department of Social Services at the Virginia Department of Social Services website. You can also apply on line through CommonHelp at

Paper applications maybe submitted to the local office in person by mail or by fax.