Operation Fuel is a private, non-profit agency that offers emergency energy assistance to the state's residents who are not eligible for government assistance or have exhausted it.
Operation Fuel works with communities, businesses, governments and individuals to ensure that people in need have year-round access to energy assistance.
In the late 1970's, a worldwide oil embargo led to an unprecedented escalation of energy costs for households, especially for heating oil.
Although federal and state governments had developed energy assistance programs for poor households, low-income working poor families who were not eligible for government aid and in crisis were left out in the cold.
In 1977, Operation Fuel was launched as a temporary crisis intervention program.
The mission was to raise funds to assists those who fell through the gaps in government programs.
Thirty years later they are still dedicated to the needs of the community and responding to the same crisis - the potentially high cost of oil and gas prices for domestic heating and the unpredictable New England climate.
The Low Income Home Energy Assistance program is called LIHEAP. They assist low income people and families with their heating and cooling bills. This program is therefore, a year long program that is available 12 months a year.
To qualify for the LIHEAP assistance, you need to qualify. We provide the current Federal Poverty Rates nationwide below.
You are automatically qualified for LIHEAP assistance if you participate in the SNAP food stamps program, TANF Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or the SSI program through Social Security.
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*Alaska and Hawaii have different rates for HUD federal poverty guidelines.
These numbers above represent 100% of the Federal Poverty Rate. In order to get legal aid from some offices, they use a sliding fee scale. When they use a sliding fee scale, the 100% rate can be different than 100%. In those cases, using for example a 200% federal poverty level, you will only need double the 100% number listed above to 200%.
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