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Income Eligibility Guidelines

Eligibility and benefits for the Fuel Assistance Program are determined by gross household income, number of household members, and vulnerability to heating costs.

Eligibility and benefits for the Fuel Assistance Program is determined by gross household income (total income, including rent, tips, dividends, and all wages or salary, before deductions), number of household members, and vulnerability to heating costs. Eligibility for both Fuel Assistance and Weatherization Programs usually can be determined during one appointment. Homeowners and renters, including renters whose heat is included in rent, are eligible to apply.

New Hampshire's Fuel Assistance and Weatherization Programs prohibit discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, age, national origin, marital or familial status, sexual orientation, and mental or physical disability.

2014-2015 Income Eligibility Guidelines

Maximum gross household income by number of people in the household is currently established at 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline (FPG) for the Fuel Assistance Program.

200% FPG
Household Size 30 Days 365 Days
1 $1,919 $23,340
2 $2,586 $31,460
3 $3,253 $39,580
4 $3,920 $47,700
5 $4,588 $55,820
6 $5,255 $63,940
7 $5,923 $72,060
8 $6,590 $80,180

Income guidelines for the Fuel Assistance Program may be increased to 60% of the State Median Income (SMI) if funds are available later in the program year. All households with incomes up to 60% of the SMI are encouraged to apply for the Fuel Assistance Program.

60% SMI
Household Size 30 Days 365 Days
1 $2,501 $30,435
2 $3,271 $39,799
3 $4,041 $49,164
4 $4,811 $58,528
5 $5,580 $67,892
6 $6,350 $77,257
7 $6,494 $79,013
8 $6,638 $80,769

For households with more than 8 persons, contact your Community Action Agency (CAA) for eligibility guidelines. Other program guidelines and requirements may apply; your CAA will provide you with all the details.


NH Office of Energy and Planning
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