April, deadline for fuel assistance

GREENFIELD Mass. (WWLP) – The effects of this year’s harsh winter are still lingering as many of us are starting to receive our electric and heating bills.

Wednesday was the original deadline to apply for fuel assistance.

But NOW you have a few more weeks to get those applications in.

The state was awarded an extra 20 million dollars to help cover fuel assistance for this year’s winter.

In December and January, tough weather caused a state-wide shortage of home-heating assistance.

But new funds will help programs like community action help people recover from those high electric bills and oil purchases.

The director of the energy programs at Community Action Peter Wingate told 22News, “There’s a moratorium in the wintertime so people can’t get shut off notices. but that time has come and gone so now people will get their electricity cut off if they don’t get some help. so they can come to us and we can try to help them with some of those back bills they accumulated over the winter time.”

The actual number of applicants for this year’s fuel assistance needs decreased by 8% from the previous year.

Community Action expects to be able to help another 500 or 600 households with the extra money.

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