2010-11-10 / Front Page

Addabbo Announces Heating Assistance


 With the cold weather season just around the corner, state Senator Joseph Addabbo Jr. (D–Howard Beach) warns that the ability to heat your home can literally mean the difference between life and death. Addabbo urges constituents who are eligible to apply for home heating aid as soon as possible.


Applications are available now in his two district offices at 159-53 102nd St. in Howard Beach and 66-85 73rd Pl. in Middle Village.


“I urge my constituents to take advantage of this program quickly now that the heating season has begun,” Addabbo said.

Addabbo referred to the HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program), a federally-funded program that assists low-income households with their home-heating costs. He said the Obama administration is providing $309 million for home energy assistance to thousands across the state.


The lawmaker said eligible apartment dwellers can receive $40 or $50, eligible households that pay for fuel can receive up to $700 depending on the type of fuel used.


Addabbo, who serves on the senate Committee on the Aging explained, “HEAP may help pay for: electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal or any other heating fuel. My staff will be available to assist those who need help completing the one-page color form. Applicants then just mail back the completed form themselves.”


According to Addabbo households are eligible for benefits if total gross monthly income is at or below 60 percent of the state median income. Assistance is also available if the household is in an emergency situation, without heating fuel, running low on fuel, have heat-related utility service disconnected or scheduled for disconnection. Eligible homeowners whose primary heating system is inoperable and in need of repair or replacement can also qualify.


“In New York, almost a third of HEAP households have a household member aged 60 or older. Funds are targeted to households with the lowest income that pay a high proportion of household income for home energy,” Addabbo said.


Anyone who had applied for HEAP in past years will receive a new application in the mail. The new form is also available online from the city Department for the Aging at www.nyc.gov/aging in November or by calling the city Citizen Service Center at 311 and requesting a HEAP application.


For more information about picking up an application or for assistance with filling out the form, call Addabbo’s Howard Beach office at 718-738-1111 or his Middle Village satellite office at 718-497-1630.


Addabbo, who was re-elected to a second term last Tuesday, stated:


“We will maintain our commitment to helping families in these difficult economic times and assisting the most vulnerable among us. It is important that my constituents know this program is available and take full advantage of this help as soon as possible during the heating season.”


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