On November 1, the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services and Education released $3.32 billion of the Federal Fiscal Year (FFY) 2020 Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. The state of Massachusetts share of this total fund for fiscal Year 2020 is over $114 million.
LIHEAP is a federal block grant program, commonly known as fuel assistance, that provides money to low-income individuals/families to help them meet their heating and cooling needs and requires an annual appropriation from Congress. MGED as a member of the American Public Gas Association, continues to push for full funding at the authorized $5.1 billion level as LIHEAP assistance continues to play a critical role in helping low-income families meet their energy needs. Without LIHEAP funding assistance many low-income families face the difficult choice between paying their energy bills versus paying for other necessities, such as healthcare, food and childcare.
Customers in need of assistance paying their gas and electricity bills should visit the Community Action Program agency website serving their town to see if they meet the income guidelines for fuel assistance. Middleborough residents should visit the South Shore Community Action Council at www.sscac.org or call 508-746-6707. Lakeville residents should visit Citizens for Citizens at www.cfcinc.org or call 508-679-0041. MGED customer service employees are also informed about these qualifications and services.