Fuel Assistance

The City of Boston-SEIU Local 888 Housing Trust will provide 100 members who’s yearly income is less than or equal to $54,950 with a grant of $750.00 to help alleviate heating costs during the months of November 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017.
Click here to read or download the Nov. 1, 2016 – March 31, 2017 Fuel Assistance Application
I. Explanation of Benefit
The purpose of this benefit is to assist SEIU Local 888 low income members who reside in the City of Boston with the high cost of heating during the winter months. This benefit is a first come, first served benefit open during the months of November-March of the current year, 1 per household. Applying for this benefit does not exclude you from other Housing Trust programs such as Emergency Assistance, Rental Assistance, Home Improvement, Homeownership Benefit programs.
II. Member Qualification
a) Member must be part of one of the following departments:
  • Boston Center for Youth and Families
  • Boston Public Health Commission (Clerk and Tech, Programs, Counselors and Coordinator)
  • Boston Public School (Administrative Guild and Planning & Engineering)
  • Clerks and Tech (Boston City Hall and Boston Police Department)
  • Department of Neighborhood Development
  • Elderly Commission
b) SEIU Local 888 member must be in good standing for one year.
c) Must occupy an apartment/home within the City of Boston.
d) Member’s yearly income is less than or equal to $54,950. (subject to change to reflect City of Boston income guidelines)
e) Being in default of any Housing Trust Fund loan prohibits the Applicant from qualifying for this benefit.
f) The maximum amount of funding (to qualifying members) depends on program funding and may change.
III. Grant Application Process
a) As a first step, member must pick up an application form, which is available at the Union Hall or can be downloaded from www.SEIU888.org/htf/.
b) Member completes and submits the application by:
Mail to:

SEIU Local 888
Housing Trust Fund
25 Braintree Hill Park, Suite 306, Braintree, MA 02184

Fax to:(617) 241-3303 EMail to:MyUnion@seiu888.org
c) The Trust Program Administrator reviews the application for completeness and forwards the application and letter of good standing to the Trustees. The Trustees review the application upon receipt of a complete, accurate application along with any necessary supporting documentation.
d) Inaccurate, incomplete applications, or missing supporting documentation, may result in denial of application.
e) If the application is not approved, the Trustees will notify the member in writing of the reasons for denial.
The following only applies for approved applications:
f) If the application is approved, the Trustees will issue a Determination of Eligibility letter to the member. A copy of this letter will be sent to the City of Boston Treasury Department by the Trust.
g) The grant of $750.00 will be issued by the City of Boston Treasury Department. Please note: payment will be issued directly to your utility provider a minimum of 4 weeks after approval by the Trust.



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