Wednesday, December 16, 2009


Gillibrand Helps Secure $5.1 Billion for Home Heating Assistance

Washington, DC – With dropping temperatures and rising energy costs, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand helped secure $5.1 billion for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). This matches last year’s investment – the largest amount of funding Congress has ever allocated to help seniors and low-income families heat their homes during the winter months. Senator Gillibrand is also introducing new legislation to provide low interest loans and tax credits to help cover the costs of energy, as well as providing a guidebook for families and businesses to help navigate federal grant programs and take advantage of funding available to heat and weatherize homes, schools and businesses.

“No New York family should ever be left in the cold,” Senator Gillibrand said. “But with the bad economy, job losses and rising energy costs, too many New York families struggle to heat their homes and stay warm. My legislation will help more families afford heating with new tax credits and affordable loans. And my guidebook will help every eligible family and business take advantage of the resources that are available to them to heat and weatherize homes and businesses – making them more energy efficient and saving millions.”

The cost of heating oil in New York is the second highest in the nation at $2.46 per gallon. Approximately 3 million New Yorkers rely on heating oil to heat their homes in the winter – making New York particularly vulnerable to shortages and price hikes as a result of extremely high demand.

Rean more on Senator Gillibrand here

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