NYC Council Member Simcha Felder (D-Brooklyn) is encouraging seniors to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), a federally funded program that provides financial assistance to limited income households to offset the costs of heating and energy.
“As it starts to get colder, seniors can get help with their rising heating bills through HEAP,” Felder said, “I encourage all eligible seniors to take advantage of this program.”
HEAP Eligibility is determined by whether the household income is below the current New York State income guidelines that correspond to the household size and the household energy costs. HEAP may be able to offer a benefit even if heat and utilities are included in the rent or the applicant lives in subsidized housing and pays directly for heating costs.
All New Yorkers can take a few additional steps to stay warm this winter and keep their heating bills down:
• Keep drafts out – seal any gaps and make sure doors and windows are shut tightly.
• Keep window shades and drapes closed at night to conserve heat and open during the day to take advantage of the sunlight.
• Close off vents or shut doors to rooms that are not frequently used.
• Keep the furnace air filter clean.
• In homes with an attic, make sure to close off vents and attic fans in the winter and check on how well the attic is insulated. Much of the heat escaping homes is lost through the attic.
To receive a HEAP application, seniors can visit Councilman Felder’s office at 4424 16th Avenue in Brooklyn, or call at 718-853-2704. They can also get it online at www.nyc.gov/aging, or by calling 311.