Thursday, Nov 12, 2020
The Greater Lawrence Community Action Council Inc. is accepting fuel assistance applications for the winter heating season now through April 30, 2021.
Funding is available to help pay a portion of winter heating bills for income-eligible households in Lawrence, Methuen, Andover, North Andover, Reading and North Reading.
Residents are encouraged to apply even if they work, live in subsidized housing, or if utilities are covered through rent.
“The COVID-19 pandemic has had a far-reaching impact on the community, making our fuel assistance program more important than ever. At a time when families are facing increased financial uncertainty, this program will provide critical assistance to those families struggling to keep up with the cost of heat during our cold New England winters,’’ said Evelyn Friedman, executive director of GLCAC, which administers the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program locally.
Eligibility is based on household size and the gross annual income of every household member, 18 years of age or older. Income guidelines are available at www.glcac.org under the fuel assistance program.
The program runs from Nov. 1, 2020 through April 30, 2021.
GLCAC’s fuel assistance office is not open to the public but staff is available by phone and email Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. to process phone interviews and applications, and answer questions about LIHEAP. Staff will be available until 6 p.m. on Thursdays, starting Nov. 5.
Applications have been mailed out to previous clients. For those clients who have not received an application or are new to the fuel assistance program, please email or call with a name and mailing address.
Completed applications and copies of required documentation can be either emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, mailed to GLCAC LIHEAP, 305 Essex St., Lawrence, MA 01840, dropped in the the box located outside 305 Essex St., or handed over to staff at the help desk during business hours.
To reach GLCAC’s fuel assistance program with any questions or to request an application, please call 978-681-4950.or email email@example.com.
GLCAC is a multi-faceted social services agency that assists nearly 33,000 individuals through a range of programs including early childhood education, fuel assistance, WIC nutrition assistance, immigration services, lead poisoning prevention, child abuse prevention, English-language lessons, and consumer protection.