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For this winter’s home heating season, Millbury Savings Bank has contributed another $25,000 to its Community Energy Assistance Program, a fund the bank established in 2005 to help low-income residents pay their home energy costs. This brings the bank’s total contributions to the program to $305,000.
“Our energy assistance program has been critical to helping local families who struggle to meet the cost of heating their homes,” said Robert J. Morton, Millbury Savings Bank’s president and chief executive officer. “We’re pleased to continue funding this important program for our friends and neighbors in need.”
This year, the fund will provide fuel assistance to households in Millbury and Sutton that meet federal guidelines for low-income individuals. For qualifying applicants, Millbury Savings Bank will pay $350 for oil, natural gas, or electric directly to the energy supplier. Last winter, almost 60 local families received assistance.
Eligible properties include owner-occupied, single-family residences or apartments. Ineligible properties include subsidized housing, multi-family housing producing rental income (even if owner-occupied), and apartments that include heat as part of the rent.
Again this year, the program will be administered by both the Millbury and Sutton Senior Centers. To apply, or to determine if you are eligible, contact one of the program’s coordinators: Judith O’Connor at the Millbury Senior Center, 1 River Street, (508) 865-9247, or Michelle Edelstein at the Sutton Senior Center, 19 Hough Road, (508) 234-0703.