Fuel Assistance & Energy Savings

 

WCAC’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) fuel assistance and Energy Efficiency programs assist homeowners and renters with home heating bills, past due balances on utility bills, and in some cases receiving forgiveness credit and making monthly payments. Energy efficient weatherization, heating system repair and upgrades can help to stretch energy dollars.

Fuel Assistance

The LIHEAP program provides financial assistance by paying fuel vendors directly for income-eligible households including individuals, families, single or multi-family homes, owners or renters.

Energy Efficiency

Energy managers provide detailed reviews of electric usage and conservation information offering immediate energy savings. Program provides little to no-cost upgrades or repairs for refrigerators, light bulbs, and light fixtures for homeowners and renters. Contact us for information on multi-family properties.

AMP:  APPLIANCE MANAGEMENT PROGRAM

Instant savings are available for tenants and home owners of 1 to 4 family units!  Energy Auditor will review your electric usage. The Energy Auditor will also bring energy saving light bulbs, smart power strips and TLC kits for your refrigerator. LIHEAP clients and households paying the R2 rate with National Grid are eligible.

If your refrigerator,  freezer, washing machine, dehumidifier or air condition is an energy guzzler, National Grid Electric may replace it for FREE!

WEATHERIZATION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM (WAP) 

Tenants and Homeowners are eligible for this program!  The Weatherization Assistance Program provides households with the opportunity to permanently reduce their energy bills. We install insulation, weather-stripping and more, making your home warmer in the Winter and cooler in the Summer. Full scale home energy conservation services are provided using the most advanced technologies and testing protocols available.

Homes are selected on a priority basis and all work is subject to quality control inspections both during installation and after the work is completed. There is NO COST for this service for LIHEAP Eligible Households, for those eligible for discounted utility bills and some other programs. Funding is supplied by the Department of Energy, National Grid and Eversource.

HEATING SYSTEM REPAIR AND REPLACMENT (HEARTWAP)

Emergency Repairs, Maintenance and Replacement of heating systems is available (subject to funding availability) to LIHEAP and discount rate eligible homeowners. In most cases, your landlord is responsible for your heating system if you rent.  If you are experiencing a heating emergency, call us right away.

Contact us to start saving today!   or  508.754.1176 x 157


CITIES/TOWNS SERVED: Worcester, Auburn, Brookfield, Boylston, Charlton, Charlton City, Charlton Depot, Douglas, Dudley, East Brookfield, Holden, Jefferson, Leicester, Cherry Valley, Rochdale, Millbury, North Brookfield, Oakham, Oxford, North Oxford, Paxton, Rutland, Southbridge, Spencer, Sturbridge, Fiskdale, Sutton, Manchaug, Warren, West Warren, Webster, West Boylston, West Brookfield.

If your community is not listed, please click this link to see which agency to contact for fuel assistance.

STATEMENT FROM WCAC

In the wake of the murder of Mr. George Floyd, we are still searching for words adequate to express our disgust and horror over the actions of those responsible for his death; our deep sadness for Mr. Floyd’s family, friends and community; and our anger over the repeated dehumanizing and fatal oppressive actions that threaten our nation. On behalf of the Worcester Community Action Council, we unequivocally condemn the police brutality that led to Mr. Floyd’s death. We join the call for justice, unity, peace and reform.

Worcester Community Action Council is directly and indirectly affected by the tragic events in our country that have reopened wounds that were never healed.  Our board of directors, staff and clients feel the impact of these events in deeply personal ways, and struggle with the feelings of fear, mistrust, separation, and anger.  We stand together in solidarity with the thousands of peaceful demonstrators across the country who are demanding justice for Mr. Floyd and an end to the systemic and intentional acts of oppression imposed upon communities of color.  George Floyd is now among countless, precious Black lives lost due to the imbalance of power in this country that has been perpetuated by racism.  Systemic racism must end.  We must hold ourselves accountable as allies to act as a relentless force for positive change.

Community Action was created in 1964 from the efforts of the Civil Rights Movement as part of the federal Economic Opportunity Act in the “War on Poverty”. In our role in the community, WCAC must renew and strengthen our calls for an end to the poverty and inequity that threaten our society.

We will be a strong voice against injustice, oppression and hate by advocating for policies that create equitable access to education, health, social and economic systems.

We will continue to work to stabilize individuals and households through our programs while deepening our resolve to create economic self-sufficiency through financial building blocks.

We will continue our leadership role in the City of Worcester’s Safe and Successful Youth Initiative in partnership with the Worcester Police Department and Worcester Public Schools, recognizing youth employment and education are pathways for success.

We will continue to invest resources in our youngest children across Southern Worcester County from ages zero to five as we help prepare them for long-term success in school and life.

We will use our agency’s purchasing power to support African American, Latinx and Immigrant- owned businesses by purchasing goods and services.

We will support a diverse staff at all levels to work within our own agency staff to examine, change and navigate ourselves and our community into a just and equitable era.

We will listen to the needs of our community and routinely shift our work to address these needs directly.

We will partner with you, and like-minded organizations, to support initiatives that help our community heal, unify, and become stronger.

Together, we can make meaningful reforms, and change the course of the future for our children.

Signed,

Marybeth Campbell, Executive Director                    Noreen Johnson Smith, WCAC Board Chair

Statement endorsed by WCAC Board of Directors 6/2/2020