Winter Heating Fuel Assistance Program

Low-income households may be eligible to receive help with winter heating costs through the Fuel Assistance Program. This program serves residents of Somerville and Cambridge. It is part of the Massachusetts Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Participants receive assistance with their heating costs between November 1 and April 30.

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This program is for residents with household incomes, before taxes, of less than 60 percent the state median income. The most recent income levels are as follows:

Family Size (# of people in the household) 100% of Federal Poverty Level 125% of Federal Poverty Level 150% of
Federal Poverty Level
175% of
Federal Poverty Level
200% of
Federal Poverty Level
60% of
Estimated State Median Income
1 $12,140 $15,175 $18,210 $21,245 $24,280 $35,510
2 $16,460 $20,575 $24,690 $28,805 $32,920 $46,437
3 $20,780 $25,975 $31,170 $36,365 $41,560 $57,363
4 $25,100 $31,375 $37,650 $43,925 $50,200 $68,289
5 $29,420 $36,775 $44,130 $51,485 $58,840 $79,215
6 $33,740 $42,175 $50,610 $59,045 $67,480 $90,141
7 $38,060 $47,575 $57,090 $66,605 $76,120 $92,190
8 $42,380 $52,975 $63,570 $74,165 $84,760 $94,239
9 $46,700 $58,375 $70,050 $81,725 $93,400 $96,287
10 $51,020 $63,775 $76,530 $89,285 $98,336 $98,336
11 $55,340 $69,175 $83,010 $96,845 $100,385 $100,385
12 $59,660 $74,575 $89,490 $ 102,434 $102,434 $102,434
13 $63,980 $79,975 $95,970 $ 104,482 $104,482 $104,482
14 $68,300 $85,375 $102,450 $ 106,531 $106,531 $106,531
15 $72,620 $90,775 $108,930 $ 108,930 $108,930 $108,930
16 $76,940 $96,175 $115,410 $ 115,410 $115,410 $115,410
17 $81,260 $101,575 $121,890 $ 121,890 $121,890 $121,890
Homeowners and Non-Subsidized Housing Tenants
Deliverable Fuel (Oil, Propane,
Kerosene & Other)
$850 $748 $658 $579 $579 $448
Utility and Heat-
Included-in-Rent
$710 $625 $550 $484 $484 $375
High Energy Cost
Supplement
$200 $180 $160 $140 $140 $120
Subsidized Housing Tenants
Deliverable Fuel (Oil, Propane, Kerosene & Other) $595 $525 $460 $405 $405 $315
Utility and Heat-
Included-in-Rent
$495 $440 $385 $340 $340 $260
High Energy Cost
Supplement
$200 $180 $160 $140 $140 $120
High Energy Cost Supplement (HECS) Thresholds - TBD

Notes: Contact DHCD to determine income eligibility for a family of 18 and above.

Sources (Income Level): "Annual Update of the HHS Poverty Guidelines, Federal Register 80 No. 12 (18 Jan 2018): 2642-2644 and "State Median Income Estimates", USHHS, OCS, DEA, LIHEAP-IM-2018-03

The City of Cambridge runs the Fuel Assistance Program in both Somerville and Cambridge. Call (617) 349-6252 to make an appointment.

We recommend calling as soon as possible, starting in mid-September, to make an appointment.

You will need to bring documents that show how your home is heated (oil, gas, etc.), along with proof of address and income. Call 617-349-6252 to discuss what documents you should bring. Intake workers are available to speak English or Spanish.

If you participated in the Fuel Assistance Program last year, you should receive a renewal application in the mail. Use it to reapply before November 1. If you have not received an application in the mail, call the number above.

Learn more at the Fuel Assistance Program website: https://www.cambridgema.gov/DHSP/programsforadults/fuelassistance/howtoapply

Here are other ways to contact the Fuel Assistance Program in Somerville and Cambridge:

In Person:

          51 Inman Street
          Basement Level
          Cambridge, MA 02139

Hours: Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Phone: (617) 349-6252

TDD: (617) 492-0235

If your household income exceeds the limits for the Fuel Assistance Program, you may be eligible for some heating assistance through the Massachusetts Good Neighbor Energy Fund, which is run by the Salvation Army. This fund serves residents who are in temporary crisis and unable to pay their energy bills but who are not eligible for federal or state funds. Visit magoodneighbor.org or call 1-800-334-3047 to learn more.

Massachusetts Cold Relief Heatline: 1-800-632-8175

Massachusetts Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP): http://www.mass.gov/hed/community/energy/low-income-home-energy-assistance-liheap.html

Other cold relief programs in Massachusetts: http://www.mass.gov/hed/community/energy/cold-relief-information.html

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