Fuel Assistance Program extended, and benefits increase


Patricia A. Daly, executive director of South Shore Community Action Council, wishes to announce that the Fuel Assistance Program has been extended for applications until Friday, May 13, 2016. According to a press release, benefit levels for Fuel Assistance households have been increased. Heating season benefit levels range from $435 to $1,050 for nonsubsidized residents and from $340 to $735 for some subsidized-housing residents. Eligibility for fuel assistance also provides 12 months of discounts on electric, natural gas, and Verizon telephone bills. Fuel assistance eligibility may also provide eligibility for free weatherization and heating system repair.

Applications will be taken through Friday, May 13, 2016. New applicants may apply at the Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head, 20 Black Brook Road, Aquinnah, 508-645-9265, ext. 130, Monday through Friday, 9 to 5 pm.

Senior citizens may also call their local Councils on Aging: Edgartown, 508-627-4368; Oak Bluffs, 508-693-4509, ext. 13; Tisbury, 508-696-4205; Up-Island, 508-693-2896.

For further information, call SSCAC Fuel Assistance at 508-746-6707, toll-free at 877-FUEL-AID, or visit sscac.org.