2006-11-24 / Front Page

Councilman Offers Heating Fund Program

The winter has finally arrived, and Councilman James Sanders Jr. is once again offering the Neighborhood Heating Fund to residents in the 31st Council District. The fund was created to help low-income families and people with elevated bills to meet their monthly payments.

"I'm urging those who need help with their heating bill to apply for this program. It is now the time of year when most of us find ourselves shopping for the Holidays, and this program is one way of helping you save money," said Sanders.

To qualify for the program, residents must have a Keyspan Energy Account and live in a one or two family dwelling. Savings can be up to $200, depending on the bill amount.

The heating fund is a one-time annual grant that can be applied for once per year. Applications will be available on Monday, December 11 at Councilman Sanders' Laurelton District Office, located at 226-18 Merrick Boulevard. Residents must bring in the following:

-Proof of income: Your last 30 days of current pay stubs or an unemployment stub.

-Proof of residence: Rent or mortgage payment, or copy of lease.

-Proof of household size: Birth Certificate, School Record or Social Security Card for every household member.

-If you received a gas shut-off notice bring the "Final Termination Notice."

There are also income guidelines to qualify for heating fund assistance:

Family SizeGross Income

(Per Month)

1$1,803

2$2,358

3$2,913

4$3,468

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