Fuel Assistance

If you qualify for fuel assistance (LIHEAP), we help pay your winter heating bill by working directly with vendors, and you can take advantage of many other services that are absolutely free. In addition to serving residents of Boston, Brookline and Newton, we serve the Mystic Valley cities and towns of Malden, Medford, Everett, Melrose, Stoneham, Winchester, Woburn.


Updated 4/15/20


The deadline for applying for Fuel Assistance has been extended to May 29th.
Although warmer temperatures are around the corner, if you apply now and are eligible, you will qualify for other ABCD Energy Services.

There are ways to reach us whether you’re new to ABCD and want to apply for fuel assistance; need home heating oil, kerosene, or propane; your heating system is not working, or you are a current fuel assistance customer needing information about your application.

Please CLICK HERE for specific contact information.

IMPORTANT: Gas and electric utilities will not shut off or terminate any household’s service during the State of Emergency.


Who Qualifies?

applicants of the fuel assistance program getting help from counsellors

ABCD follows federal guidelines for LIHEAP  (the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program) based on your annual income and how many people are in your family. The program is available to homeowners and renters even if you live in non-subsidized housing with heat included in your rent. Your gross family income must be at or below 60% of the Massachusetts median income.



Due to the COVID-19 (coronavirus) state of emergency, the application deadline has been extended to May 29, 2020We encourage you to apply now!

The current maximum benefit is $1,360.


Learn more:

2019-2020 LIHEAP Eligibility Guidelines


ABCD fuel assistance is your gateway

When you qualify for LIHEAP, you gain access to our other energy related services including weatherization, heating system repairs, past-due bill reductions and resources to promote energy conservation and efficiency in your home. Go green!

Subsidized by the federal government’s LIHEAP program, ABCD’s home energy assistance program serves more than 24,000 low income, elderly and disabled residents each year in Boston, Brookline, Newton, Malden, Medford, Everett, Melrose, Stoneham, Winchester and Woburn.

You may be eligible for fuel assistance whether you are a homeowner or renter, even if you live in non-subsidized housing with heat included in your rent.

man fixing heating systems

Please return all correspondence to:

ABCD Fuel Assistance Program
178 Tremont Street, 4th floor
Boston, MA 02111


Heating Emergencies
In addition to contacting ABCD’s Energy Department, you can call:

The United Way: 800.231.4377 or simply dial 211
The Salvation Army: 617.542.5420


Energy & Fuel Resources

Fuel Assistance form translations: Chinese | Vietnamese | Haitian Creole | Spanish


Homeowners & Renters


What to Bring When You Apply

What Happens After You Apply

The Big Chill: Low & No Cost Tips

The Big Chill: Stay Warm & Safe

Know Your

Fuel & Energy Conservation

Intake Sites

Related Programs