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SEFA a 'stepping stone' for fuel assistance

Heating help options available through SEFA

February 08, 2011
SOUTHBRIDGE — For those on the edge of not being able to afford to heat their home this winter, not all hope is lost.

The Southbridge Emergency Fuel Assistance program is a first step to help homeowners find larger fuel assistance programs to help them.

The process begins after the Health Department is called and Health Director James Morin will conduct a SEFA inspection. They first determine if the smoke and carbon monoxide detectors work. Applicants also must apply to the Worcester Community Action Council (WCAC) to be placed on a permanent list for fuel assistance.

"SEFA is really a stepping stone for residents of this town," said Morin. "We're only a temporary solution. We ask them to call the WCAC and get the application process started. The WCAC is a year-round program."

If the house or apartment passes inspection, the applicant will receive 100 gallons of oil. An applicant can only receive oil once a year. Morin estimates 20 Southbridge residents this winter have asked for SEFA assistance.

For more on this story, please see tomorrow's Southbridge Evening News.

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