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