New grant program to help Massachusetts residents pay heating bill

Hampden County

Attorney General Maura Healey’s office awarded $1.6 million in grant funding to help Massachusetts residents pay their heating bills.

The new grant program provides funding for seven organizations, including Springfield Partners for Community Action.

The non-profit received $100,000 to help households pay for natural gas. Springfield Partners told 22News, the money will be used to build on its Emergency Fuel Assistance program.

The funding is for families that don’t qualify for Low Income Home Emergency Assistance.

“This is a very important grant,” said Synthia Scott-Mitchell, director of community services at Springfield Partners for Community Action. “There are traditional fuel programs around, but those fuel programs are for really low, low-income people. What we’re looking for is those folks that fall between the cracks. They don’t qualify for those traditional fuel programs, but they still need help.”

Scott-Mitchell told 22News, she anticipates the funding will help more than 100 families.

This new grant program was established after the September 13 gas explosions that left thousands of residents and businesses without natural service in the Merrimack Valley.

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