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Southern NH Services’ Fuel Assistance program is taking applications through May 2 to help renters and homeowners pay for past or future energy use.

Benefits are calculated on a number of things, including household income, energy costs, and housing type. This allows those households with the lowest incomes and highest energy costs to receive the highest benefits. Applications are taken through our Community Services Offices throughout Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. Households can also apply for and receive electrical assistance at the same appointment, if eligible.

Fuel Assistance pays for oil, propane, wood, pellets, kerosene, natural gas or electric heat costs and payments can be made to reduce or eliminate a past due balance or create a credit balance for future use. The benefit may also be applied to rental cost if heat is included in the rent.

To apply residents should call SNHS or RCA offices closest to them or call 1-800-322-1073 to make an appointment. Applicants must qualify by household income for 30 days prior to the appointment. Benefits range from $253 to $2,520 may be available to homeowners or renters during the winter heating season. Eligibility and benefit amounts are determined by GROSS household income for a 30 day period, household size, and annual heating costs.

Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc., (SNHS) is a private, non-profit corporation chartered in the State of New Hampshire, May 21, 1965 in compliance with the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. It serves as the Community Action Agency for Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. SNHS is part of a nation-wide network of over 1000 Community Action Agencies providing advocacy for and services to America’s disadvantaged. Southern New Hampshire Services is an equal opportunity provider.