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Posted on: September 23, 2022

Assistance Resources Are Available

Assistance is Available

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Assistance Resources


Some local residents may be faced with heating bills that are higher than they can afford, regardless of how they heat their home.  

While energy conservation is the first line of defense in keeping energy costs low, the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department realizes that may not be enough.  

This packet has been prepared to help our customers identify any resources that might be available to help provide additional help in paying heating bills this year.  

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact our customer service team at the Middleborough Gas & Electric Department at 508-947-1371.

Fuel Assistance Programs Available

Middleboro and Lakeville income eligible residents may qualify for the following state/federal assistance:

* The LIHEAP, HEARTWAP, and WAP Programs are offered through South Shore Community Action Council for Middleborough residents and Citizens for Citizens for Lakeville residents.

Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP)

LIHEAP:   Provides assistance to low-income home owners and renters (including renters whose heating costs are included in rent) to reduce the costs associated with home energy bills, energy crisis, weatherization, and minor energy-related home repairs. Low income households eligible for LIHEAP may also be eligible for HEARTWAP and WAP. 

Heating System Repair & Replacement Program (HEARTWAP)

HEARTWAP: The Heating System Repair and Replacement Program provides emergency heating system repair and replacement services to low-income households.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

WAP: Reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety.


Residents/Households who qualify can contact:


MIDDLEBOROUGH RESIDENTS


SOUTH SHORE COMMUNITY ACTION COUNCIL

SSCAC Home Energy Assistance Program assists with paying bills for your primary heating source for your home. Eligibility is determined by the gross income of all family members, as well as family size and energy burden.

https://www.sscac.org/

71 OBERY ST PLYMOUTH, MA 02360

508-746-6707 / 508-747-7575

(Includes LIHEAP, WAP, HeartWap)

 

Additional Assistance Resources


MIDDLEBOROUGH COUNCIL ON AGING

The Council on Aging provides information, services, programs and activities for seniors, caregivers and the community.

https://www.middleboroughma.gov/210/Council-on-Aging

558 PLYMOUTH ST MIDDLEBOROUGH, MA 02346

508-946-2490

 

MIDDLEBOROUGH VETERAN’S SERVICES

The Massachusetts Department of Veterans’ Services is a state mandated department that is in place to assist veterans and their eligible dependents that are in financial need as dictated by MA General Law Chapter 115.

https://www.middleboroughma.gov/177/Veterans-Services

20 CENTER ST 3RD FL, MIDDLEBOROUGH, MA 02346

508-946-2407

 

LAKEVILLE RESIDENTS


CITIZENS FOR CITIZENS

Citizens for Citizens Fuel Assistance program assists eligible households pay their heating bills during the winter/spring season or until benefits are exhausted. Clients also receive various discounts such as telephone discounts, electric discounts, and gas and oil discounts. Clients will also be provided help with past due arrearage management.

http://cfcinc.org/

ONE TAUNTON GREEN TAUNTON, MA 02780

508-823-6346

(Includes LIHEAP, WAP, HeartWap)

 

Additional Assistance Resources


LAKEVILLE COUNCIL ON AGING

The Council on Aging was established for the purpose of coordinating and carrying out programs designed to identify and meet the needs of Lakeville Residents 60 and Older. Once Identified, it's our responsibility to inform our elders and the community of available services.  Funding to meet these needs is provided by the Town and through various grants and donations.  

https://www.lakevillema.org/council-aging

1 DEER CROSSING RD LAKEVILLE, MA 02347

508-947-7224


LAKEVILLE VETERAN’S SERVICES

The role of the Veteran's Agent is to assist veterans and their dependents to coordinate benefits from the state and federal government. The Veterans' Agent's main function is to take applications for state Chapter 115 benefits, a needs based financial assistance program for veterans and their eligible dependents.

https://www.lakevillema.org/veterans-services

346 BEDFORD ST LAKEVILLE, MA 02347

508-946-8800

 

Assistance Programs Available

 

ST. VINCENT DE PAUL SOCIETY (& FOOD PANTRY)

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Conference serving the towns of Middleboro, Lakeville, Rochester and Carver with donations for those in financial need. 

https://www.svdpmiddleboro.org/

53 OAK ST MIDDLEBOROUGH, MA 02346

508-947-1717

THE SALVATION ARMY

Nearly 30 million Americans receive assistance from The Salvation Army each year through the broadest array of social services that range from providing food for the hungry, relief for disaster victims, assistance for the disabled, outreach to the elderly and ill, clothing and shelter to the homeless and opportunities for underprivileged children.

https://massachusetts.salvationarmy.org/MA/plugins/gdosCenterSearch?query=02346&mode=query_1&limit=20

339-502-5900

BROCKTON AREA MULTI-SERVICE (BAMSI)

There are a lot of programs out there designed to help individuals and families struggling through a difficult time, but it can be hard to know where to look. BAMSI’s Helpline provides more than just information and referrals, we also offer an advocate to help you navigate the various resources available to you. By collaborating with partners throughout Plymouth County BAMSI is able to connect callers with much needed assistance.

https://www.bamsi.org/bamsi-helps/

10 CRISTY’S DR BROCKTON, MA 02301

508-584-4357


CATHOLIC CHARITIES SOUTH

Catholic Charities help families in crisis find stability and rebuild their lives by providing emergency fuel, rental, and utility assistance. 

https://www.ccab.org/basic-needs/living-assistance/ 

169 COURT ST BROCKTON, MA 02302

508-587-0815

 

DEPARTMENT OF TRANSITIONAL ASSISTANCE

The Department of Transitional Assistance (DTA) offers programs for individuals and families to help them meet their basic needs.

https://www.welfareoffices.org/li/ma_02780_snap-offices-taunton

21 SPRING ST TAUNTON, MA 02780

508-884-5300


SOUTH SHORE HOUSING – HAF/RAFT  PROGRAM

Homeowners Assistance Fund (Homeowners only)

The purpose of the Homeowner Assistance Fund (HAF) is to prevent mortgage delinquencies and defaults, foreclosures, loss of utilities or home energy services, and displacement of homeowners experiencing financial hardship

Residential Assistance to Families in Transition (Renters)

The goal of RAFT is to provide short term, limited financial assistance to a family (with at least one child under the age of 21) who is homeless or at risk of homelessness move into or retain housing.

www.nhsmass.org

169 SUMMER ST KINGSTON MA 02364-1220

781-422-4200 / 781-422-4204

Mass211

Dial 211 for a variety of assistance programs available.

https://mass211.org/

 

 

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