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.

Who Qualifies?

applicants of the fuel assistance program getting help from counsellors

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 program runs from November 1st through April 30th. We encourage you to apply now!

eligibility guideline for fuel assistance

The current maximum benefit is $1,400.
Learn more:

2018-2019 LIHEAP Eligibility Guidelines


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.

man fixing heating systems

Please return all correspondence to:

ABCD Fuel Assistance Program
178 Tremont Street, 4th floor
Boston, MA 02111


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


Energy & Fuel Resources

Fuel Assistance form translations: Chinese | Vietnamese | Haitian Creole | Spanish


Homeowners & Renters

weatherization guidelines for homeowners and renters


weatherization guidelines for renters

What to Bring When You Apply

requirements for weatherization and LIHEAP

What Happens After You Apply

post application for fuel assistance

The Big Chill: Low & No Cost Tips

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The Big Chill: Stay Warm & Safe

tips to stay warm in the harsh winter

Know Your

know your rights pamphlet

Fuel & Energy Conservation

fuel and energy conservation tips

Intake Sites

program intake sites for fuel assistance

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