Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Senator Dilan Reminds Homeowners While Weather is Warm, Catch Up on Home Heating Assistance

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(Brooklyn, NY)—Although the worst of winter weather may be out of sight, Senator Martin Malavé Dilan (D-Brooklyn) is reminding constituents that state energy assistance shouldn’t be out of mind.

Emergency action was taken earlier this year, by way of federal Home Energy Assistance Program funding, that increased the amount and accessibility to home heating assistance in New York. The increase offset drastic home heating costs coupled with severe winter weather.

“Despite the warming weather, it’s important that new homeowners and past beneficiaries of HEAP assistance know that there were changes made to the program this year,” said Senator Dilan.

Under the plan a family of four with a household income up to $56,635, up from $45,312, became eligible for the emergency assistance. A $100 supplemental HEAP benefit was also made available to homes enrolled in the plan, increasing that benefit from $800 to $900.

“It’s important to have a plan in place for next winter,” said Senator Dilan. “Any chance that homes and families, that had not met the assistance requirements in the past will next year, is worth looking into. Don’t let high home heating costs take their toll in the dead of winter.”

To learn more about HEAP and your eligibility please visit www.myBenefits.ny.gov.

Contact: Graham Parker | gparker@senate.state.ny.us | (518) 455-2874

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