Fuel Assistance

If you qualify for fuel assistance (LIHEAP), we help pay your winter heating bill by working directly with vendors, and you can take advantage of many other services that are absolutely free. In addition to serving residents of Boston, Brookline and Newton, we serve the Mystic Valley cities and towns of Malden, Medford, Everett, Melrose, Stoneham, Winchester, Woburn. The Fuel Assistance season begins on November 1st and ends on April 30th.


Who Qualifies?

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ABCD follows federal guidelines for LIHEAP  (the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) based on your annual income and how many people are in your family. The program is available to homeowners and renters even if you live in non-subsidized housing with heat included in your rent. Your gross family income must be at or below 60% of the Massachusetts median income.

The ABCD Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as Fuel Assistance, is now accepting applications for assistance with heating bills. Households may apply online, over the telephone, or in person by appointment at their local ABCD intake site. Those who have already received their recertification application by mail may renew by returning the signed application and current income documents using the postage-paid envelope provided. You may also renew by using the online portal.


Application deadline: April 30, 2024

Applicants who want to apply from Boston, Brookline, or Newton please call 617.357.6012
Applicants who live in Malden, Medford, Melrose, Everett, Winchester Woburn or Stoneham please call 781.322.6284

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ABCD fuel assistance is your gateway

When you qualify for LIHEAP, you gain access to our other energy related services including weatherization, heating system repairs, past-due bill reductions and resources to promote energy conservation and efficiency in your home. Go green!

Subsidized by the federal government’s LIHEAP program, ABCD’s home energy assistance program serves more than 24,000 low income, elderly and disabled residents each year in Boston, Brookline, Newton, Malden, Medford, Everett, Melrose, Stoneham, Winchester and Woburn.

You may be eligible for fuel assistance whether you are a homeowner or renter, even if you live in non-subsidized housing with heat included in your rent.

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Boston, Brookline, or Newton applicants, please return all correspondence to:
ABCD Fuel Assistance Program
178 Tremont Street, 4th floor
Boston, MA 02111

Mystic Valley Area applicants, please return all correspondence to:
ABCD Fuel Assistance Program
18 Dartmouth Street
Malden, MA 02148

Heating Emergencies
In addition to contacting ABCD’s Energy Department, you can call:

The United Way: 800.231.4377 or simply dial 211
The Salvation Army: 617.542.5420


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