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Massachusetts Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) Benefits

Program Description

The Massachusetts Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) (Fuel Assistance) provides eligible households with help in paying winter heating bills. The program pays benefits of fixed amounts based on household income. An additional benefit is available to eligible households having a high-energy burden. Local administering agencies determine household eligibility based on several factors including annualized income and the number of members in the household. The agency then will make payments towards the heating bills to the primary heat source vendor (oil, propane, wood or coal dealer, or gas or electric utility). Special provisions are made for those households whose heat is included in their rent and those living in subsidized housing.

General Program Requirements

In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of Massachusetts and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.

In order to qualify, you must also have an annual household income (before taxes) that is below 60 percent of the State's Median Income:
Household Size* Maximum Income Level (Per Year)
1 $32,618
2 $42,654
3 $52,691
4 $62,727
5 $72,763
6 $82,800
7 $84,681
8 $86,563
A person who participates or has family members who participate in certain other benefit programs, such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Supplemental Security Income (SSI), Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) or certain needs-tested Veterans benefits may be automatically eligible.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

If you are a first-time applicant, you'll need to apply in person at the fuel assistance agency in your area. Click here to locate your fuel assistance agency:

Program Contact Information

For more information on Massachusetts LIHEAP, please visit:
To speak with a representative regarding LIHEAP, please call:
Massachusetts Heat Line:

Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) Community Services Unit:
To write it to the Massachusetts LIHEAP, please contact:
Massachusetts Department of Housing & Community Development
Community Services Unit
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114