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NY Utility Assistance
« on: November 29, 2021, 10:33:13 AM »
On top of HEAP which is availble each winter in NY (and all other states), the following programs are now available as part of the various stimulus funds received by the state.

HEAP Regular Arrears Supplement (RAS) Benefit
$150 million in funding is availble to HEAP-eligible households that have fallen behind on their heating utility bills, but do not qualify for NY's Emergency Rental Assistance Program. Note that households do not need to be enrolled in HEAP currently, but do need to meet the eligibility requirements. Since the program is only for non-ERAP eligible households, it targets mostly homeowners, as well as renters that do not owe rent arrears. Funding will remain availble until September 2022, or until funding is exhausted, whichever comes first. Households will have their full balance of heating utility arrears covered by the program, capped at $10,000 in assistance. Applications are available at your local HEAP office.
https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#regular-arrears-supplement-benefit

Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP)
LIHWAP is a $69.8 million program that assists households that have fallen behind on water and wastewater bills. It provides funds of up $2,500 for water and/or wastewater, for a maximum of $5,000 per household. Income guidelines are the same as that of HEAP, and payment will be issued to the provider directly. Applications will open on December 1, 2021.
https://otda.ny.gov/programs/water-assistance/

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Re: NY Utility Assistance
« Reply #1 on: November 29, 2021, 01:10:54 PM »
Thanks for posting. Is this only for heat and water or also for gas and electricity?

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Re: NY Utility Assistance
« Reply #2 on: November 29, 2021, 01:22:09 PM »
Thanks for posting. Is this only for heat and water or also for gas and electricity?
Currently there are no programs for gas and electricity.

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Re: NY Utility Assistance
« Reply #3 on: November 29, 2021, 02:34:54 PM »
"Your current gas and/or electricity account(s) is/are in active collections, or otherwise facing disconnection or termination due to unpaid arrears."

 "Benefits are based on the amount of unpaid water and wastewater bills owed by applicants and could go as high as $2,500 for each service."

And yet again, only benefits to those who DIDN'T pay their bills..

With a new variant coming around, should I finally stop paying all my bills and let everything go into collections?