Energy Assistance

There are programs to help people with heating fuel and electricity. Believe it or not, the funding for these programs is rarely all used. I think that a lot of people may not ne aware that they qualify. These programs are funded with your tax dollars, so please see if you can get some of your money back. In Cheshire and Sullivan counties, Southwestern Community Services administers these programs. You can get more information from SCS:

Claremont, NH
96-102 Main Street
PO Box 1338, Claremont, NH 03743

Phone: 603.542.9528
Toll Free: 800.529.0005

You can check the income limits for the electric and fuel programs at:

If you qualify, you really need to get enrolled to qualify for other benefits, like a potential extra $405 payment that is being considered.

https://www.nhpr.org/nh-news/2022-07-26/nh-department-of-energy-proposes-one-time-405-electric-benefit-for-low-income-households

“Facing federal deadlines to spend pandemic relief money or return it, the Department of Energy has proposed making one-time $405 payments to some low-income households to offset the cost of electricity, which will spike for many in August.

The Executive Council is set to review that request when it meets Wednesday. The department would cover the one-time payments with $8.8 million in pandemic aid the state received for its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.

The department designed the program to use the funds before the Sept. 30 deadline, according to the department’s request.

The payment would go to individuals and households already enrolled in the assistance program to cover previously unpaid electric bills or a current bill, or as a credit to offset future bills. People who are eligible will automatically receive a bill credit without needing to apply, according to Chris Ellms, deputy commissioner of the Department of Energy.”

About Rep. Steven Smith

Steven Smith is a member of the New Hampshire House of Representatives, serving his 6th term. Rep. Smith currently represents Acworth, Charlestown, Goshen, Langdon, Lempster, and Washington. Rep. Smith is the Deputy Speaker of the NH House.
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