**Our Oil Heat Program for the 2012-2013 season is now closed.
The Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program has delivered millions of gallons of discount home heating oil to poor and elderly households in Massachusetts and other cold weather states since 1979. This unique program helps protect needy families from volatile heating oil prices, which often leave households having to choose between heating the home and paying for other life essentials, such as food, health care, or clothing.
Does your State Participate?
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States that are highlighted in blue participated in the Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program this past winter. In addition, Native American tribal communities in nine other states also received energy assistance grants through the program this year.
To find links to other heating assistance and energy efficiency resources in your state, please click on your state on the map above, or click on the For Further Assistance link above.
What is the Oil Heat Program?
In partnership with CITGO, Citizens Energy works with thousands of oil heat dealers and local fuel assistance agencies in 25 states to provide deliveries of home heating oil to those in need. The Oil Heat Program provides eligible families a one-time delivery of 100 gallons of home heating oil.
Why is the Program Needed?
In states like Massachusetts, heating oil prices have increased considerably since 2000, yet the wages for low-income families and individuals have remained stagnant. The federal government provides some help to low-income families struggling to stay warm during the winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), but historically this assistance has reached only about one in five eligible families. Many other working poor families who do not qualify for federal assistance programs still need help from time to time.
Low-income families have little choice but to cut back on food, medicine, and other life essentials when their home energy costs rise. When the heating bills of poor families rise, studies show they often reduce their spending on food by about the same amount, and it is no surprise that cases of undernourished children increase by about one-third during winter months.
The Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program works to provide struggling families with a bit of relief when temperatures hit freezing and high heating oil prices force families to make difficult and often unsafe trade-offs.
PEOPLE HELPING PEOPLE
IN THEIR OWN WORDS
"Through the entire process, I found your staff considerate and able in listening to plights of misfortune and ready to provide a helping hand and listening ear."
- Laura Austin
"It is people and organizations like yours that God uses as a blessing to those in need and I thank you from the bottom of my heart. Because of you, we are able to keep warm during these cold winter nights."
- Tonya Wilson
"Four days ago, I ran out of oil. Two days later, I received my voucher. It made me cry because now I can continue to recover from a very serious surgery and not worry about how to stay warm." - Karin Paine