WILTON — Western Maine Community Action will continue to take LIHEAP fuel assistance applications until July 15.

For those households who pay for their own heat, the benefit can cover any unpaid deliveries made after Oct. 1, 2017, or can be used as a credit for the upcoming heating season.

Households can apply even if the heat is included in the rent. Those who have not received a fuel assistance benefit since Nov. 1, 2017, and would like to apply may call 207-645-3764 and set up an appointment.

Applications are taken at the WMCA Service Center, 20B Church St., East Wilton. If a person can’t come to the service center, other arrangements can be made.

Household income must fall under 150 percent of poverty unless there is a member who is hypothermic (younger than 2 or older than 60). Then the guideline is 170 percent of poverty. If a household member pays medical expenses, including health insurance, co-pays, prescriptions, or others, the income guidelines are higher.

The monthly income guidelines are: 

• Family of one, $1,508; with hypothermia, $1,709.

• Family of two, $2,030; with hypothermia, $2,301.

• Family of three, $2,553; with hypothermia, $2,893.

• Family of four, $3,075; with hypothermia, $3,485.

Information gathered during the intake process for HEAP is also used for the Electric Lifeline Program. ELP may be able to assist those eligible with a credit on their power bill.

Western Maine Community Action is a nonprofit agency providing services to eligible people in Franklin, Androscoggin and Oxford counties. Services include health navigation, nutritional, housing, fuel assistance, weatherization, job training and information and referral. The agency’s mission is to advocate for, as well as strengthen and coordinate, all resources that will assist us in promoting the self-sufficiency and independence of people.


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