This past winter saw a significant increase in households receiving fuel assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). MaineHousing and its Community Action Agency partners, including WCAP, have provided $48 million in fuel assistance this year. Last year at this time, we had provided just $25 million. Applications increased over 20% and this year we had 18,000 new households applying for assistance.
MaineHousing has announced that it will stop taking HEAP applications for this heating season on Wednesday, April 12th. Our staff are hard at work processing current applications to meet MaineHousing’s deadline.
If you require fuel assistance, we encourage you to give us a call. We still have other funds available to assist qualifying households.
Thank you for your understanding and patience this year as we processed such an unprecedented number of applications.