Here to help with your heating costs
Did you know that as many as 1 in 3 families living in Cape Ann may be eligible for help with their utilities?
The Massachusetts Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP, Fuel Assistance) is a free resource offered by Action Inc. and the state of MA to help eligible households pay a portion of their winter heating bills. You’ve reached the right place to apply and get the process started!
No matter what type of heating source you have (gas, oil, electric, propane, wood, kerosene, etc.), we may be able to help you pay your winter heating bills. All Massachusetts residents are encouraged to explore eligibility for this free program and apply for assistance.
How to apply
If you’re new to the program, you can begin the application process here or set up an appointment to visit us in person at 47 Washington Street in Gloucester. If you’re returning to the program, you can begin the application process here or complete the the paper application that was mailed to your address.
We are happy to provide free assistance if you need help completing the application. Please contact our office at 978-281-3900.
As part of the application process, please be prepared to share necessary information including photo identification, a list of all household members, proof of income, information on your heating bills, and your housing situation.
Online application portal
Income eligibility guidelines
Eligibility for home energy assistance is based on several factors, including your household size and combined gross annual income. If your total household income falls within the state’s guidelines, our Energy Services team can help you pay your heating bills during those cold winter months.
Speak with an Energy Services representative about program availability by calling 978-281-3900.
Find additional Fuel Assistance forms here. Available in English, Portuguese, & Spanish.
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To qualify for the Home Energy Assistance Program, your annual household income may not exceed 60% of the mean income of same-size households in Massachusetts, and you must reside in one of the following cities/towns: Gloucester, Essex, Ipswich, Hamilton, Manchester, Rockport, or Wenham, MA.
Are household bills taking over your life? Our Energy Services team offers utility bill discounts for Home Energy Assistance participants. National Grid gas and electric customers can now contact National Grid directly to enroll in their new Arrears Management Program (AMP). For customers who are eligible, AMP provides 100% forgiveness of a past due bill. You must have an active residential account, be income-eligible, and the name of the customer applying must match the name on the National Grid account.
National Grid Gas
25% discount. Discounted rate of R-4 on residential heating bill and R-2 on non-heating bill. Click here for application.
National Grid Electric
32% discount. Discounted rate of R-2 on electric bill. Click here for application.
*All discounts are approximate
Protection from utility termination
If you are experiencing financial hardship, you may be protected against having your utilities shut off during the winter per an order of the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities. Action Inc. can help you work with utility providers if you receive a termination notice to keep or restore power to your home. Please call us at 978-281-3900 for assistance.
Utility payment plans
Our support staff is here to guide eligible residents through the process of establishing payment plans with their utility companies. State law requires that utility companies offer payment plans of no less than four months or four equal payments. If you are at risk of having your utilities shut off, or if they have already been terminated, your utility company is obligated to work with you to establish a reasonable payment plan. If your household meets certain income guidelines and your account has not yet been terminated, the utility company must accept 25 percent of the overdue amount as the first payment. If your account has already been terminated, you still have the right to work with the utility company to create a reasonable payment plan. If your utility company refuses to set up a payment plan, call the Massachusetts Department of Public Utilities Consumer Division at 617-392-6066 to ask for assistance.