With new eligibility guidelines, more families can receive assistance.

Through its merger with AltaGas, Washington Gas established the Merger Fund Program to broaden WAFF help eligibility for Washington Gas customers.

Customers who qualify based on income (see below) may now receive WAFF funds. Traditional WAFF help is still available to all neighbors in need, no matter how they heat their home.

To be eligible for assistance through the Merger Fund Program, the following criteria must be met: 

  1. You must reside in the Washington Gas service territory. This includes: Washington, D.C.; the Maryland counties of Calvert, Charles, Frederick, Montgomery, Prince George’s or St. Mary’s; the Virginia counties of Arlington, Clarke, Fairfax, Frederick, Loudoun, Prince William, Shenandoah or Warren, or the cities of Alexandria, Fairfax, Falls Church or Winchester.
  2. You must be a Washington Gas customer.
  3. You must be in an emergency situation, either having service disrupted or have received a disconnection notice.
  4. You must fall into one of the income categories below, depending on family size: 


Household Size  Household Annual Gross Income 
1  $54,350
2  $62,100 
3  $69,850 
4  $77,100 
5  $83,850 
6  $90,050
7  $96,250
8  $102,450


To learn more about applying for assistance, contact your local Salvation Army office.

Traditional Assistance Still Available 

Families who are not Washington Gas customers (but reside in the Washington Gas service territory) are still eligible to receive WAFF assistance no matter what type of fuel heats their home. Learn about the original WAFF program and its eligibility requirements here.