With heating prices reaching record breaking territory, AARP Massachusetts will host a live Telephone Townhall on Energy Assistance programs in the Bay State February 2nd at 1pm.
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Massachusetts residents are seeing a significant increase in their utility bills this winter, with electricity prices up 64% and natural gas prices up nearly 30%. This spike in energy costs has left many struggling to pay their utility bills.
Home Energy Assistance programs play a critically important role to protect public health and safety by ensuring that all families and individuals have safe access to home heating. Many eligible customers don’t take advantage of the option simply because they are not aware of it or think they may not qualify.
AARP Massachusetts will hold a Telephone town hall February 2nd at 1pm to explain the program and answer questions. AARP Massachusetts State director Mike Festa will speak with Joe Diamond of MASSCAP, Liz Berube of Citizens for Citizens, Inc. Fall River and Susan Carp of the Massachusetts Councils on Aging. They’ll breakdown energy assistance programs such as LIHEAP that can help older residents with heating bills. They’ll rundown what’s still available and how to apply.
The Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides help to people with low, moderate, and fixed incomes to pay their utility bills. The program has seen its funding doubled by Congress.
This year the Massachusetts legislature added to the funding. The state approved an additional $57 million. AARP Massachusetts pushed for the added funding. Read our letter here
WE hosted a telephone town hall in November. You can listen to the the recording here.
**Please note, the number listed in this recording is currently out of service. **
Your local utility provider may also offer some assistance. Ask about special discount rates for income qualified customers, setting up a payment plan, and enrollment in energy efficiency and weatherization audit programs to help you save money by reducing your energy usage
However, in addition to going to the MASSCAP page you can go to your local council on aging and get connected to more resources.
This story is provided by AARP Massachusetts. Visit the AARP Massachusetts page for more news, events, and programs affecting retirement, health care, and more.
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