Fuel assistance deadline is extended to May 10

Bostonians who need help to pay their heating bills have more time to apply for assistance, according to the anti-poverty agency that administers a federally funded grant program. Eligible households can get up to $1,950 through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, an increase of $600 from last year. The deadline is now May 10.

Action for Boston Community Development (ABCD) says it has already received 19,204 grant applications this season— but can still accept more. 

“This will allow us to help residents who are struggling with heating costs, and who are stretched thin overall by cost-of-living expenses like food, rent, and childcare,” said ABCD President and CEO Sharon Scott-Chandler.

“We encourage residents to check into their eligibility. Even for those who can’t get the maximum amount, some fuel assistance will allow them to reallocate their money to other areas of need.” 

The grants are awarded based on household size and annual income. Many people mistakenly believe they don’t qualify when, in fact, they do. Residents of Boston, Brookline, and Newton can apply by calling ABCD at 617-357-6012.

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