Serving both the cities of Cambridge and Somerville, the Fuel Assistance Program assists low-income households with winter heating costs incurred between November 1 and April 30. Eligibility for the program is determined by gross household income that falls within the Federal Poverty guidelines.
The Fuel Assistance Program notifies and pays heating vendors directly for program participants that pay out of pocket for their heating costs. Program participants whose heat is included in their rent could be eligible to receive a payment, made directly to them, for the “heat” portion of their rent.
Our office staff gives top priority to “no heat emergencies” or threatened utility shutoffs for individuals with an eligible application on file.
The Fuel Assistance Program can also provide assistance with Discounts on utilities, Weatherization services, and Citizens Energy oil deliveries.