> Massachusetts Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)
The Massachusetts Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (Fuel Assistance) provides eligible households with help in paying winter heating bills. The program pays benefits of fixed amounts based on household income. An additional benefit is available to eligible households having a high-energy burden. Local administering agencies determine household eligibility based on annualized income and the number of members in the household. The agency then will make payments towards the heating bills to the primary heat source vendor (oil, propane, wood or coal dealer, or gas or electric utility). Special provisions are made for those households whose heat is included in their rent and those living in subsidized housing.
General Program Requirements:
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Massachusetts, you must need financial assistance for home energy costs and your household's annual income before taxes must not exceed $27,876 if one person lives in the household; $36,454 if two people live in the household; $45,031 if three people live in the household; $53,608 if four people live in the household; $62,186 if five people live in the household; $70,763 if six people live in the household; $72,371 if seven people live in the household; $73,979 if eight people live in the household; and $75,587 if more than eight people live in the household. For larger households, add $1,608 for each additional person in the home.
If you are a first-time applicant, you'll need to apply in person at the fuel assistance agency in your area. Click here to locate your fuel assistance agency:
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. Application and supporting materials can be found here, under "How to Apply":
Program Contact Information:
For more information on Massachusetts LIHEAP, please visit:
To speak with a representative regarding LIHEAP, please call the Massachusetts Cold Relief Energy Assistance Program Heat Line:
To write it to the Massachusetts LIHEAP, please contact:
Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development
Division of Neighborhood Services
Bureau of Energy Programs
100 Cambridge Street,Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114