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Staying warm in the winter is important! With rising costs, heating your home can be stressful. That’s where homeowners and renters can use fuel assistance.

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You are eligible for fuel assistance if your household income is not more than 60% of the estimated state median income. For a single-person household, that’s $42,411; for two people that’s $55,461. [For three people it’s $68,511 and $81,561 for four people.]

If you are between 60-80% of the state median income, you may be eligible for a month’s relief through the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund. More information, including income eligibility guidelines can be found on the Good Neighbor Energy Fund website.

These numbers, and more information on who can get help is available on the Community Action websiteLocally, Community Action is the agency that processes applications for fuel assistance; the program itself is called LIHEAP in Massachusetts. If you have not used fuel assistance in the last two years, you’ll need to first apply and then have an intake.

Apply over the phone (413-774-2310) or online (website above). An application checklist and a list of necessary documents are available online, or you can call the phone number and an automated message will guide you to the list of documents.

Community Action wants its participants to know:

  • From Nov 15 – March 15, there is a moratorium in place that prevents shutting off your gas or electric if that heats your home.
  • Fuel assistance can only pay for deliveries/heat usage from Nov 1 to April 30.
  • Please plan ahead—it can take weeks to process an application.
  • This is an assistance program; you are still responsible for your bills.

Separate from fuel assistance, Community Action has other programs for renters and homeowners, including free energy efficient and weatherization assessments, and programs for homeowners that have funding to repair/replace heating systems. They also have an Older Adult Modification Program to help eligible homeowners age in place.

Please remember that state minimum wage increases to $15/hr starting January 1st and may change income.

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