An in-person interview is required of all NEW applicants. All qualified households can now call to make an appointment to come to their local Southern New Hampshire Services office to apply.
Previous priority clients (those over age 60, the disabled, households with children under six, those who heat with wood or who are self-employed) received a mail-in application. Over 11,200 households received notifications in June.
Information on program qualifications and documentation needed to complete the application process will be provided when the appointment is scheduled.
Hillsborough County offices are open Monday through Friday in Manchester, Nashua, Peterborough and Milford. The Hillsborough office is open on scheduled days.
Rockingham County offices are located in Derry, Portsmouth, Raymond, Salem and Seabrook. They are open Monday through Friday.
The Fuel Assistance Program is expected to open on December 1, but the actual date is based on when federal funds are released. Applications for assistance will continue to be taken for anyone who wishes to apply for the program through its end in April, 2018.
Fuel assistance benefits are a grant and do not need to be repaid. The benefits are not meant to pay for the entire winter heating bill but rather are there to help the client get through the winter. Benefits range from $75 to $1125 per season.
The benefit amount is based on household income, annual heating costs and housing type.
Clients whose heat is included in the rent may have their benefit sent to the landlord as a rental payment on the client’s behalf if their rent is not subsidized.
The Fuel Assistance Program in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties is managed by Southern New Hampshire Services. Additional information, including household income requirements and answers to Frequently Asked Questions, can be found on the by following this LINK.