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Posted November 19th, 2013 in Massachusetts Appliances and tagged by admin

Known commonly as Fuel Assistance, the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides eligible households with help in paying a portion of winter heating bills.

Eligible Applicants

Homeowners and renters including households whose cost of heat is included in the rent can apply at the agency in their area. Click this link for an agency listing by town. Eligibility is based on household size and the gross annual income of every household member, 18 years of age or older. Household income cannot exceed 60% of estimated State Median Income (see chart below).

Eligible Activities and Funding Requirements

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

Household size
Gross annual income for all household members, 18 years or older
Selection criteria takes into account households with housing subsidies and those whose cost of heat is included in the rent.

How to Apply

First-time applicants must apply in person at the fuel assistance agency in their area. 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.  Click this link for an agency listing by town.

FY 2014 LIHEAP Information

FY 2014 LIHEAP Income Eligibility and Benefit Level Chart pdf format of    chart-fy2014.pdf

FY2014 LIHEAP Forms docx format of    fy14liheapforms.docx

FY 2014 Income Calculation Worksheet doc format of    FY14incomecalculationworksheet.doc

FY 2014 Standardized LIHEAP Application and Authorization pdf format of    fy14liheap-standardizedapp.pdf

FY 2014 LIHEAP Appeal Forms – English doc format of    fy2014liheapappealformenglish.doc

FY 2014 LIHEAP Appeal Forms – Spanish doc format of    fy2014liheapappealformspanish.doc

Contact
Mr. Gerald Bell
Director
Community Services Programs
Division of Community Services
Department of Housing and Community Development
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, Massachusetts 02114-2524
TEL: (617) 573-1438
FAX: (617) 573-1460
E-MAIL: gerald.bell@state.ma.us
WEB SITE: www.mass.gov/hed/community/energy/
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