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Qualifications for WAFF Assistance

photo of manThe Salvation Army disburses WAFF assistance through its 12 offices located throughout the Washington metropolitan area from January 1 – May 31. See the information on this page (or here) for details on office location and qualifications for those seeking help.

  1. You must live in the District of Columbia; in Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s or St. Mary’s counties in Maryland; or in Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Frederick, Loudoun, Prince William, Shenandoah and Warren counties, or the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church and Winchester in Virginia. You must apply to The Salvation Army office in the city or county in which you live.
  2. Your eligibility does not depend on whether you heat with natural gas, electricity, oil, coal, wood, kerosene or another heating fuel.
  3. To be eligible, you must be in an emergency situation and no longer eligible for any government energy assistance programs. This means that you already have received the maximum assistance from such programs. You also must meet WAFF income guidelines.

    * If you are a gas or electric heating customer, you must already have received already a termination notice or warning of future disconnection from the utility providing the primary source of heat. WAFF pays for the primary heating source.

    * If you heat with oil, coal, wood, kerosene or another fuel, you must demonstrate that you do not have the funds to purchase fuel and cannot buy fuel on credit.

  4. Income and family size are the primary tests of eligibility for WAFF assistance, but they are not the only ones. Income guidelines are revised annually to reflect cost of living increases.
  5. Once eligibility for WAFF assistance is established, The Salvation Army will issue a check for the appropriate amount and mail it directly to your utility company or supplier.
  6. The Salvation Army will administer the distribution of WAFF funds to residential heating customers following these guidelines, but not treating them as rigid rules.
    When and Where to Apply: Applications are accepted from January 1 through May 31. To apply for help from the fund, you must go toThe Salvation Army office in the county or city in whichyou live. Office locations are listed below.


photo of mother Hazel with childRemember: Before seeking financial assistance from WAFF, you first must have obtained help from federal, state and local government energy assistance programs. When these sources are not enough, there is WAFF.


Office Locations

Washington, DC
The Salvation Army Social Services Department
1434 Harvard St., NW
Washington, DC 20009
Serving Wards 1 - 6


2300 Martin Luther King, Jr. Ave., SE
Washington, DC 20020
Serving Wards 7 and 8

Calvert, Charles & St. Mary's counties
Salvation Army Service Unit at Children’s Aid Society
300 Huntington Cir.
Waldorf, MD 20602

Frederick County
Salvation Army
223 West 5th St.
Frederick, MD 21705

Montgomery County
Salvation Army
20021 Aircraft Dr.
Germantown, MD 20874

Prince George’s County
Salvation Army
4825 Edmonston Rd.
Hyattsville, MD 20781

City of Alexandria
Salvation Army
107 E. Bellefonte Ave.
Alexandria, VA 22301

Arlington County
Salvation Army
518 S. Glebe Rd.
Arlington, VA 22204
703- 979-3380

Fairfax County
Salvation Army
4915 Ox Rd.
Fairfax, VA 22030

Frederick, Clarke, Shenandoah and Warren counties; City of Winchester
Salvation Army
300 Fort Collier Road
Winchester, VA 22603

Loudoun County
Salvation Army
10 Cardinal Park Dr.
Leesburg, VA 20175

Prince William County
Salvation Army
4343-A Ridgewood Center Dr.
Woodbridge, VA 22192