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Fuel Assistance Program accepting applications for 2016-207 season
The Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) has begun taking applications for the winter season that runs from December 1, 2016 to April 30, 2017.
An in-person interview is required of all applicants. All qualified households can now call to make an appointment to come to their local Southern New Hampshire Services office to apply.
Information on program qualifications and documentation needed to complete the application process will be provided when the appointment is scheduled.
Hillsborough County offices are open Monday through Friday in Manchester, Nashua and Peterborough. Offices in Milford and Hillsborough are open on scheduled days.
Rockingham County offices are located in Derry, Portsmouth, Raymond, Salem and Seabrook and are open Monday through Friday.
The program is expected to open on December 1, but the actual date is based on when federal funds are released. Applications for assistance will continue to be taken for anyone who wishes to apply for the program through its end in April, 2017.
Fuel assistance benefits are a grant and do not need to be repaid. The benefits are not meant to pay for the entire winter heating bill but rather are there to help the client get through the winter. Benefits range from $75 to $1125 per season.
The benefit amount is based on household income and annual heating costs.
Clients whose heat is included in the rent may have their benefit sent to the landlord as a rental payment on the client’s behalf if their rent is not subsidized.
The Fuel Assistance Program in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties is managed by Southern New Hampshire Services. Additional information, including household income requirements, can be found on the by following this LINK.
Answers to Frequently Asked Questions can be found HERE.
Community Assessment now available
Southern New Hampshire Services has completed a Community Assessment encompassing towns in Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties. The data collection process included electronic surveys of community partners, focus groups with local providers and stakeholders, and surveys of SNHS program participants. The document is published here in hopes that the information contained in it will inform decisions made with regard to the identified needs of low-income individuals, and spark discussion among community partners leading to action in addressing them.