The South Shore Community Action Council has announced that the Fuel Assistance Program will close for applications for this season on Tuesday, April 30. The last day for deliveries is also Tuesday, April 30. Anyone with a utility shutoff notice is urged to contact the office by April 30. Anyone who did not receive an application in the mail and feels that they may qualify is encouraged to apply.

Heating season benefit levels range from $475 to $1,125 for delivered fuel households and $270 to $635 for utility heated households. 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. Applicants under 60 years of age can fill out applications by scheduling an appointment with Susan Von Steiger at the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging at 508-693-1417. Those over 60 may call the Oak Bluffs Council on Aging directly at 508-693-4509.

New applicants must bring proof of income for the past 30 days for all household members over 18, photo identification and proof of street address. If your household has used the same primary heat source for at least 12 months, you should bring copies of household heating bills for the 12 months prior to application for a potentially higher fuel assistance benefit level.

For clients in an emergency situation (completely out of fuel or utilities shut off), all income and other information must be brought into the office the day you apply in order to receive emergency assistance. Eligibility is based on gross income and household size.