A program that can help you with a heating crisis in the winter months.
Who Is Eligible
- Your household income must be equal to or less than 200% of the federal poverty level.
- You must be experiencing a heating crisis (e.g., you're out of fuel and have no money to buy more).
If Your Application Is Approved
The program can help you:
- Purchase the primary source of your heat.
- Pay for electricity if it's required to run your heating system.
- Negotiate payment plans.
- Work with your electric or natural gas company to prevent disconnection.
When To Apply
- If you heat with bulk fuels (e.g., oil, kerosene, propane, wood, pellets, and coal) — apply from the last Monday in November to the second Friday in April.
- If you heat with metered fuels (e.g., natural gas, electric, or metered propane) — apply from the last Monday in November to the last regular working day in April.
Don't wait until you run out of fuel to apply. Fuel dealers often charge a special trip fee for emergency deliveries. We cannot help you if the fuel has already been delivered or the furnace work has been completed.
How To Apply
- Apply in person at your local Community Action Agency.
- Please call first. They'll tell you what documents and information you need to bring.
- If you are elderly or disabled and can't apply in person, your local agency may accept your application by phone.
Weekends & Holidays
If you are elderly, disabled, or have a child under 6 living in your household:
- You may call 1-800-479-6151 toll-free — on weekends and holidays — to apply for Crisis Fuel Assistance.
- You can do this starting the last Saturday in November until the first Sunday in April.
If you are granted assistance on a weekend or holiday, you'll still need to complete an application at your local Community Action Agency If you don’t, you might not get assistance in the future.