Financial Hardships

Do you find yourself getting stressed and overwhelmed each month when it’s time to pay your electric or natural gas bill? The following program may help ease your worries:

752757 the_tunnelThe Washington Area Fuel Fund (WAFF) serves as a critical safety net for many Washington, D.C. residents. Sponsored by Washington Gas and administered through The Salvation Army, WAFF provides energy assistance to help families, who are experiencing financial hardships, in heating their homes. Although WAFF is sponsored by Washington Gas, assistance is provided to eligible individuals regardless of the type of fuel that is used to heat their homes. Assistance received through WAFF is not intended to replace any federal, state or local governmental energy assistance an individual may receive. Instead, WAFF is designed to provide assistance to families and individuals when other resources are not enough and no longer available.

Applications for WAFF assistance are accepted from January 1 through May 31. To qualify for assistance, applicants must live within the District of Columbia; the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax and Falls Church; or within the following counties: Calvert, Charles, Montgomery, Prince George’s, St. Mary’s, Arlington, Fairfax, Loudon and Prince William. Applicants must also be in an emergency situation and are no longer eligible to receive assistance through any government energy assistance programs to qualify.  Individuals who use gas or electric heating must have already received a termination or warning of future termination notice and individuals who use coal, oil, wood, kerosene or other fuel must provide proof that they do not have funds to purchase fuel or buy fuel on credit.

For more information about the WAFF program or to apply for energy assistance, call 1-888-318-9233 or (202) 756-2692.

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