Staff conduct outreach and help people apply for Vermont's SEASONAL FUEL program, which helps to pay for all types of heating fuels. The application process changed in 2010, so please visit www.mybenefits.vt.gov to sign up online. We can help those without access to a computer complete a paper application. People who have heat included in their rent can also apply. Benefit amounts are determined using a number of factors, including income, resources and fuel type. This program is administered by the Office of Home Heating Fuel Assistance; benefits being paid directly to fuel suppliers or to renters with heat included.
All households are helped with establishing budgets for payment of fuel and utility costs and are provided information on energy conservation, including referral to our Energy Conservation and Weatherization program.
"I went to BROC as I was freezing and asked if their was any financial assistance available. I spoke to Sherrie Pomainville and she said yes. Sherrie helped me get my fuel company to come and set tanks and fill them so that I could be warm. Without this assistance I would have hypothermia. I felt excited, happy, grateful and thankful that I would finally be warm. Thanks to all of those that do the fundraisers and donate so that all people including myself can live in a warm environment and helping us to ease our minds."— Katherine Kahn, Rutland Consumer
The CRISIS FUEL program uses federal funds granted through the State of Vermont. BROC, and the other four Community Action Agencies in Vermont administer this program under contract with Vermont's Office of Home Heating Fuel Assistance. This program begins on the last Monday in November each year. Eligibility for assistance considers all income in the household and resources and requires receipts for expenses paid in the last 30 days. Applicants are asked to come in before they run out of fuel, so please make an appointment at 1/4 of a tank to ensure the best service and avoid special trip charges. The program is usually available through the end of April each year.