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This program provides assistance through a fixed benefit amount for the cost of the primary source of heat with includes, but is not limited to:
Oil, Electricity, Natural gas, Propane, Kerosene, Wood, Coal
If eligible, discounts are automatically given on:
electric bills for investor owned electric utilities, gas bills for investor-owned gas utilities, telephone bills
Payments for actual usage or fuel delivery are made directly to the heating vendor for primary energy needs from November 1st to April 30th except when the cost of heating is included in the rent.
Funding Limits: The benefit levels are dependent on the funding allocated to Massachusetts by the US Department of Health and Human Services. Housing subsidies will also determine the specific benefit level
Selection Criteria: There are a variety of factors that impact the eligibility of a household. Please contact the local fuel assistance agency for detailed information on criteria used for eligibility.
First-time applicants must apply in person at the fuel assistance agency in their area which can be found using our Service Provider Locator. Households must apply each year; applications are mailed to households after the first year. Households can apply from November 1st to April 30th of the program year. Applicants who are denied assistance have the right to appeal through the local fuel assistance agency.