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Home Heating Assistance Now Available

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 11:29

Low-income and middle-income Suffolk County residents who need financial help paying for home heating bills or to repair or replace a home heating system, can apply for state aid through the Home Energy Assistance Program starting Friday.

"For so many New Yorkers, the cost of heating during the cold weather season is a major expense that can really strain their household budget," said Gov. Kathy Hochul, who announced on Thursday that $373 million in state aid will be available through the program.

Applications are being accepted by telephone by the Suffolk County Department of Social Services at 631-852-3500, or online by clicking here. Aid is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.    

Eligible homeowners and renters may receive up to $751 in assistance to pay for heating bills depending on income level, household size, and the way they heat their homes, according to the governor's office, and up to $6,500 is available to repair or replace heating systems. 

Those who receive funding to pay heating bills but still owe money may also apply for a one-time emergency benefit starting Jan. 3.

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