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Fuel/Heating Assistance

The Opportunity Alliance (TOA) offers several programs to help with heating improvements and costs for those families that meet income eligibility requirements. For some programs, families with children under 24 months or with members who are elderly or disabled are given priority when applying.

See also Maine State Housing Site for Eligibility Guidelines

HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) - TOA
For homeowners or renters who have high heating bills in relation to their income. HEAP benefits households by making a supplemental payment on their behalf directly to their fuel vendor, whether the fuel is oil, electricity, coal, gas, or wood.

ELP (Electricity Lifeline Program) - TOA
Central Maine Power customers who don't live in subsidized housing may apply for ELP, through which CMP will provide an energy credit on a household's monthly electric bill.

ECIP (Energy Crisis Intervention Program) - TOA
This program may provide emergency assistance funds to homeowners and renters when no other funding sources are available. Assistance might be fuel delivery, minor heating system repairs, or preventing a utility disconnection. Funds are not always available.

CHIP (Central Heating Improvement Program) - TOA
This program provides funds for repair and/or replacement of central heating systems that are inefficient or threaten occupants' health or safety.

Oil Tank Replacement - TOA 
In partnership with the Dept. of Environmental Protection, we offer these programs to replace leaking and unsafe fuel tanks located above ground.

Central Maine Power Assistance Credit - TOA
This program allows CMP to provide assistance credit for new single-phase electric services. Income eligible homeowners buying a new home that require a new electric service may apply. CMP will provide a credit to reduce the cost of installing poles and wiring to connect to CMP's distribution line.

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