- Written by Jessica Riel
- Published: 09 March 2017
The Department of Housing and Community Development has increased the maximum fuel assistance benefits to which a household is entitled. The increase varies from just over $100 to close to $250 depending on income. You can learn the amount awarded to you by calling the IVR line at (413) 774-2310 or by contacting your fuel vendor.
If you or your loved one are eligible for this benefit, be sure to apply by April 30, the last day for making an application. Those who own their homes AND renters are eligible, if they pay heating bills. Those who do NOT pay for heat directly, because heat is included in the rent, are also eligible for fuel assistance as long as they meet the income guidelines. Fuel assistance not only can help pay the heating bill itself, but can also help pay the electric bill because electricity is needed for the thermostat and for furnace fans and pumps that circulate hot water through radiators.
For assistance with fuel assistance applications or other benefits information, contact the Benefits Counseling program at LifePath. Volunteer Benefits Counselors from all over Franklin County and the four Worcester County towns of Athol, Petersham, Phillipston, and Royalston help their neighbors access benefits programs offering assistance with home repair, weatherization, fuel assistance, disability modifications, foreclosure protection, utility discounts, and SNAP (food stamps).
Find a Benefits Counselor near you! Contact us.