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Fuel Assistance

How It Works

The Massachusetts Fuel Assistance Program helps needy families by paying a portion of their heating bills from November 1st to April 30th. If you are on a low or fixed income, we encourage you to apply.

View a full description of the Community Action Pioneer Valley website.

Who Should Apply

Renters and homeowners who pay for their own heat. Renters whose heat is included in their rent. (Those who have a housing subsidy must not receive a utility allowance.) Eligibility is based on the number of people in your household and the combined gross (before taxes) income of all persons residing in the household.

Income Guidelines

Family SizeIncome Limit
1$45,392
2$59,359
3$73,326

If you are a first-time program applicant you must apply in person. The Fuel Assistance Program has interview sites in Greenfield and Northampton.  Information can be found at www.communityaction.us.  All appointments must be made through the main office by calling 1-800-370-0940. Or, South Hadley seniors, 60 years of age or over, may apply by making an appointment here at the Council on Aging by calling 413-538-5030 with Ann Andras, Social Service Coordinator.

Brown Bag Program for Seniors

3rd Tuesday of the Month: Pickup between 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

A monthly, supplemental food program for individuals over the age of 55 who meet certain income guidelines, or those under the age of 55 who have a documented disability and are currently receiving SSDI may be eligible to receive a free bag of healthy groceries each month. Provided by the Food Bank of Western Mass.

The financial guidelines have been updated by the Food Bank of Western Mass.  

Family Size    Annual                        Monthly                     Weekly
1$  25,142                        $ 2,096                        $ 484
2$  33,974                        $ 2,823                        $ 652  
3$  42,606                        $ 3,551                        $ 820
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