Applications are being accepted through March 15 for crisis assistance from the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Energy Assistance Program. Crisis Assistance is designed to help households overcome energy emergencies that cannot be met by other resources. An energy emergency is when a household has no heat or is in imminent danger of being without heat. To qualify for assistance, the maximum gross monthly income for a one-person household cannot exceed $1,316 or for a household of four, $2,720.

Families and individuals can apply by calling CommonHelp at 855-635-4370 or through local departments of social services: Clarke County, Angie Jones at 540-955-3958; Frederick County, Tamara Green at 540-665-5688; Page County, Patricia Koontz at 540-778-1053; Shenandoah County, Carla Taylor at 540-459-6226; Warren County, DeAnna Cheatham at 540-635-3430; Winchester, Amber Dopkowski at 540-662-3807. Information: or


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