Deaf and Hard of Hearing Constituents’ Annual Day Program and annual awards

When: Monday, March 13, 2017

Time: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Location: Massachusetts State House Great Hall 24 Beacon St, Boston, MA 02133

A gathering of Statewide Advisory Council members, community members, legislators, and state agency directors.  For more information and/or to request close vision/tactile interpreters: Ami.Hanigan@MassMail.State.MA.US. Deadline for communication access requests is: February 13, 2017.

Afternoon Legislative Visits: Meet with your legislators to discuss community concerns and bills of interest. Schedule your visits in advance; find your legislators names and contact information on the web at To request communication access: contact the ADA Coordinator at the State House by email at or via phone at 857-400-5502. Requests are due by February 27, 2017.


Fuel Assistance

Winter is here below are some resources to help stay warm this winter


Emergency Food and Shelter Program

The Federal Emergency Food & Shelter Program gives federal funds to local nonprofit and government organizations to help prevent hunger and homelessness. Local organizations can use funds to pay up to one month’s utility bill for residents facing a fuel emergency. To find your local organization choose “Funded Organizations” then Select “Massachusetts” then your county from drop down list.


Locate your town office

Some cities and towns have local emergency fuel assistance programs for their residents. Call your town hall to find out if emergency assistance is available for fuel assistance.


Community Action Agencies (CAA)

Also known as Community Action Programs (CAP) provide mergency assistance to people in crisis. All Community Action Agencies offer fuel assistance. Depending on Local Community Action Agency, it may offer transitional housing, homelessness prevention programs, temporary emergency food assistance programs and childcare voucher management services.


Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP is a government program to help low-income families and individuals pay their heating bills during the winter. The program is managed by the Department of Housing and Community Development in conjunction with 22 regional nonprofit and local government organizations. Eligibility for fuel assistance is based on having low income and low assets.


Call the Cold Relief Heatline to find out where to apply for Fuel Assistance (LIHEAP). Weatherization (WAP) and the Heating System Repair and Replacement Program (HEARTWAP). HEATLINE at 800-632-8175 (voice/TTY)


Additional resources:


Utility Bills – Energy Assistance Discounts Fact Sheet


Links to Fuel assistance resources in Programs and Services