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Fuel Assistance Program continues to take applications

The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) continues to take applications for the winter season that runs through April 30, 2015.

All qualified households can apply for assistance.

“We are urging people to call now,” said Ryan Clouthier, Energy Director for Southern New Hampshire Services. “Don’t wait until you are in a crisis. Don’t put your family through that. Don’t put yourself through that.”

An in-person interview is required of all applicants. Appointments are being scheduled now at Outreach Offices located in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. Those interested in applying for fuel assistance are encouraged to call to schedule an appointment now.

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 and Peterborough. Offices in Milford and Hillsborough are open on scheduled days.

Rockingham County offices are located in Derry, Portsmouth, Raymond, Salem and Seabrook and are open Monday through Friday.

The program officially opened on December 1, 2014. Applications for assistance will continue to be taken for anyone who wishes to apply for the program after the program starts and through its end in April, 2015.

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 and annual heating costs.

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, can be found on the Southern New Hampshire Services website at http://www.snhs.org/programs/energy-programs/low-income-home-energy/ and on the Rockingham Community Action website at http://www.rcaction.org/index.php?page=fuel-assistance.

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