BOSTON — As temperatures continue to drop, Housing Secretary Ed Augustus, Jr., said the state is trying to ensure that no one has to come home to a cold house this winter.
The Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities (EOHLC) announced the start of the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) for 2023-2024 winter heating season.
“The Massachusetts home energy assistance program is free, because no resident should have to worry about heating their home during the wintertime,” said Augustus, secretary of the EOHLC.
LIHEAP is a free, statewide service funded by the federal LIHEAP that helps eligible households stay warm during the winter months by paying a portion of winter heating bills.
Applications for home energy assistance are currently being accepted online at toapply.org/massliheap and income-eligible households may receive financial help to offset heating bills from Nov. 1, 2023, through April 30, 2024.
Both homeowners and renters can apply online or through local administering agencies for LIHEAP assistance. Households must meet specific eligibility requirements to qualify for aid, which will be paid directly to their heating vendor.
Eligibility is based on several factors, including household size and combined gross annual income of residents 18 and older. Qualifying households – including those with the cost of heat included in the rent – can receive assistance for all sources of heat, including oil, electricity, natural gas, propane, kerosene, wood and coal.
“High fuel costs can have a devastating effect on household budgets and can even endanger Massachusetts’ most vulnerable residents,” said Augustus. “We encourage anyone who needs heating assistance to explore their eligibility by applying online or visiting the nearest administering agency. And to please share the information with loved ones or neighbors who could benefit from this free resource.”
For more information, or to find your local LIHEAP agency, visit www.toapply.org/MassLIHEAP.
(Courtesy of the Executive Office of Housing and Livable Communities)