Fuel Assistance, also known as the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) helps low-income households with their heating bills. The program begins November 1st and ends April 30th each year. All heating types may be eligible for assistance: oil, propane, kerosene, coal, cord wood, wood pellets, natural gas, electric and even some households that have heat included in their rent.
Fuel assistance can only pay for the cost of the heat you actually use during the program. If the cost of heating your home is less than your benefit amount, we will only pay that amount. For example, if you are eligible for $400 and the heating bills submitted by your heating company total only $350 then the $50 left over would be returned to our funding source.
Any low-income household whose gross yearly income falls at or below the income guidelines may be eligible. Homeowners and tenants are both eligible to receive fuel assistance.
BCAC (Pittsfield) Fax: (413) 447-7871 Business Line: (413) 445-4503
1531 East Street
BCAC North County Office (North Adams) Fuel Assistance Program: (413) 663-3014 Fuel Assistance Program / Fax: (413) 664-6759 VITA Free Tax Assistance Program: (413) 663-3014
85 Main St., 2nd Floor
Eligibility: For information on Fuel Assistance eligibility, contact our Administrative office at (413) 445-4503, switchboard hours are 8:00am to 3:00pm Monday – Thursday and office hours are 8:00am to 4:00pm Monday through Thursday.