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Rainy Days and Utility Bills

Fuel Assistance application deadline extended until Nov. 16


Due to the recent inclement weather, the deadline to apply for Fuel Assistance has been extended until Monday, Nov. 16. Families and individuals must apply through their local departments of social services.

The Fuel Assistance Program assists with various types of energy sources, including electricity, natural and liquid propane gas, oil, kerosene, coal and wood.


The program was created in 1979 and each year serves approximately 122,000 households across the Commonwealth.  For more information on Energy Assistance, visit