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LIFE Webinar Series

LIFE Webinar SeriesTo further the dialogue between stakeholders throughout the low-income energy community, the Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) is proud to host the LIFE Webinar Series. The LIFE Webinar Series serves as a venue for communicating information on assistance programs and current topics relevant to the low-income energy field to those involved in addressing the energy needs of low-income energy consumers. The Webinar Series is open to all and is available at no cost.

Upcoming Webinars:

Solar One’s Whole Buildings Green Education for Affordable Housing Communities

Presenter: Gary Smith, Solar One
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET

The goal of energy efficiency faces unique challenges and opportunities in affordable housing communities. In order to address energy efficiency issues unique to affordable housing, Solar One: New York City’s Green Energy and Education Center, has created a Whole Buildings Green Education for Affordable Housing Communities education and training program. The Whole Buildings program works with an entire building community to save energy and promote sustainable living. Solar One works with building operators, residents, and owners to identify measures to improve building performance, answer technical questions about building efficiency, reduce heating and electrical costs, and address common energy efficiency and sustainability measures. Whole Buildings fosters environmental literacy by reviewing relevant local laws, efficiency incentives, and the science behind building efficiency. This webinar will address the importance of, and Solar One’s experience with, delivering sustainability programming to staff, managers, and residents of affordable housing buildings in New York City. Gary Smith, Solar One’s Tenant Education Program Coordinator, will provide tips and focus on case studies, showing ways to engage the entire building community to cooperate toward the goal of energy efficiency.

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HEAP Updates for the 2014-2015 Heating Season

Presenter: Andrew Bryk, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
1:30pm-2:30pm ET

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. The program also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat‐related emergency. This webinar provides updates on HEAP for 2014-2015 heating season.

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Communications Lifeline: Universal, Affordable Phone Service for Low-Income Households

Presenter: Olivia Wein, National Consumer Law Center
Wednesday, August 20, 2014
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET

Having phone service is essential for many aspects of modern life – from being able to call 911, to being reachable for additional work shifts, to staying connected to family and the larger community. The federal Lifeline program provides discounted phone service for eligible low-income households. There are a range of Lifeline phone service providers and products – from wireline to wireless, and from the "free" prepaid wireless cell phones to the more traditional discounted basic phone service with a monthly bill. Lifeline has undergone dramatic changes in the past few years. How consumers enroll and stay on the program has changed with the new program rules. There are also policy debates going on right now that will shape the evolution of Lifeline in national efforts to close the broadband divide. Olivia Wein of the National Consumer Law Center will provide an update on these changes and the implications and outcomes for low-income customers.

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The Foreclosure Crisis and the National Mortgage Settlement: Impacts on New York State

Presenter: Olivia Wein, National Consumer Law Center
Wednesday, July 16, 2014
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET

The New York Attorney General (NY AG) has been a leader in holding banks accountable for their role in the national foreclosure crisis. Beginning with the National Mortgage Settlement, an historic Agreement between the federal government and 49 States in 2012, the NY AG’s leadership in this area has brought substantial relief to struggling New Yorkers trying to recover from the housing and economic crises. Settlements have included direct relief to homeowners in the form of mortgage modifications in addition to cash settlements to states, which the NY AG has used to launch a series of programs which address the foreclosure crisis in a comprehensive way. Settlements have also included a series of mandates aimed at reforming the way banks treat customers who are seeking mortgage modification assistance. The NY AG has played a leadership role in holding banks accountable in terms of implementing those reforms. Dina Levy of the New York State Office of the Attorney General will cover each of these topics, including a discussion about how the foreclosure crisis is currently playing out in New York State and where the NY AG will direct his focus in the coming months.

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Energy Information Engagement Among the Poor

Presenter: Dr. Brian Southwell, RTI International and Duke University
Tuesday, April 15, 2014
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET

Social scientists are beginning to understand a number of ways in which low-income populations face resource challenges that affect not just their material standing but also the ways they engage information. Those challenges, in turn, also constrain the success of programs charged with helping low-income consumers conserve energy through changes in home maintenance and household energy behavior. Southwell and colleagues at RTI International and Duke University have explored both the national relationship between socioeconomic status, energy knowledge, and energy behavior in the U.S. as well as local patterns among Durham, N.C., residents. After first briefly reviewing national survey results, Southwell will outline pilot results from a small set of in-depth interviews with applicants to the Low-Income Energy Assistance Program in Durham County. Working with a North Carolina non-profit called Clean Energy Durham, Southwell’s team recently sat down with Durham residents to inquire about their information needs, preferences, and tendencies. The interviews explored the time-orientation of residents, e.g., tendency toward immediate goals versus long-term goals, perceived social network norms regarding community energy education, and a variety of other factors that pose both opportunities and challenges for future energy education outreach efforts. Southwell will discuss the on-going research effort and explore possibilities for collaboration in this arena.

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Reducing Energy Costs in Rental Housing

Presenter: Michael Carliner, Research Fellow, Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET

Michael Carliner, research fellow at the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University, will present on the recent research brief, “Reducing Energy Costs in Rental Housing: The Need and the Potential.” This research brief describes the direct and indirect energy cost burdens that renters face and the disproportionate share of both total housing outlays and household income that lower-income tenants pay for energy. The analysis also looks at differences in energy costs and use between renters and homeowners living in various types of housing, as well as geographic variations in energy costs. The paper then examines the “split-incentive” problem in the landlord-tenant relationship and outlines strategies to overcome this barrier to efficiency and affordability. The report can be obtained online at http://www.jchs.harvard.edu/sites/jchs.harvard.edu/files/carliner_research_brief_0.pdf.

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How New York’s Public Assistance Mortgages Undermine Homeownership and Financial Stability

Presenter: Susan Antos, Senior Staff Attorney, Empire Justice Center
Thursday, February 27, 2014
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET

Senior Staff Attorney Susan Antos from the Empire Justice Center will present on their recent report, “Don’t Lien on Me: How New York’s Public Assistance Mortgages Undermine Homeownership and Financial Stability.” The report provides a comprehensive analysis of New York’s use of Social Services Law §106, which allows Social Services Districts to recover public assistance paid to individuals who own their own homes, by taking a mortgage against the recipient’s property. The report also chronicles the legal background of the practice, the interplay between this policy and the push for foreclosure prevention, the need for detailed recordkeeping, and makes recommendations to ensure that debt is recovered against these mortgages only in the appropriate situations and for the correct amount. The report includes an advocates’ toolkit to help in providing assistance to individuals who have a welfare lien. The report is available online at http://www.empirejustice.org/publications/reports/new/dont-lien-on-me-how-new.htmlLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

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The Social Enterprise Movement

Presenters: Ken Cerini and Bruce Newman, Social Enterprise Alliance-Long Island Chapter.
Tuesday, January 21, 2014
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET

Representatives from the Social Enterprise Alliance-Long Island Chapter will present information about the Social Enterprise movement and how it is changing both the not-for-profit and for-profit landscape. Growing in popularity across the U.S., social entrepreneurism is a hybrid economic model that unites for-profit and nonprofit organizations to create mutual self-sustaining value and measurable social impact. Using for-profit business methods and the power of the nonprofit mission, Social Enterprises seek to be financially self-sufficient with little or no dependency on donations and/or government funding. Numerous examples exist of organizations that practice social entrepreneurism to pursue their social mission. This webinar will showcase some of these examples and set the stage for other organizations to explore the potential for adding social entrepreneurship to their operations.

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NYSERDA's Home Performance with ENERGY STAR Program

Presenter: Laura Geel, Residential Energy Services, New York State Energy Research and Development Authority
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET

NYSERDA’s Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program offers incentives and low interest financing to help make energy efficiency improvements affordable for income-eligible New York State homeowners. This webinar will bring participants up to date with the Assisted Home Performance program, including how the program works, eligibility requirements, and the application process.

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Climate Change and Older Americans

Presenter: Dr. Janet Gamble, Global Change Research Program, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
Wednesday, November 20, 2013
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET

Older adults make up 13% of the U.S. population, but are projected to account for 20% by 2040. Coinciding with this demographic shift, the rate of climate change is accelerating, bringing rising temperatures; increased risk of floods, droughts, and wildfires; stronger tropical storms and hurricanes; rising sea levels; and other climate-related hazards. Older Americans are expected to be located in places that may be relatively more affected by climate change, including coastal zones and large metropolitan areas. This presentation will review the research on climate change and older Americans, summarizing key findings related to demographics; climate stressors relevant to older adults; factors contributing to exposure, sensitivity, and adaptive capacity; and adaptation strategies.

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HEAP Updates for the 2013-2014 Heating Season

Presenter: Andrew Bryk, Center for Employment and Economic Supports, NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
Thursday, October 24, 2013
1:30 p.m.-2:30 p.m. ET

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. The program also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat‐related emergency. This webinar provides updates on HEAP for 2013-2014 heating season.

A recording of this webinar is not available. For further information about the NYS Home Energy Assistance Program, consult the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance HEAP webpages at http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

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Passive House Design in Affordable Housing

Presenter: Gerald Abt, Energy Efficiency Engineer (Association for Energy Affordability)
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET

Passive house designs have the potential for reducing energy consumption in homes by up to 85%. Recently, the Association for Energy Affordability (AEA) began offering courses designed to teach experienced contractors the principles, methods, and materials used to construct buildings that meet the exacting building performance criteria of Germany's Passivhaus Institut. This webinar presentation provides an overview of passive building techniques and discusses considerations for incorporating passive house into affordable new construction, weatherization, and low-income energy efficiency projects.

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Home Energy Insecurity (HEI): Measurement and Consequences

Presenter: Dr. John Cook, Senior Research Scientist and Principal Investigator, Children’s HealthWatch, Boston Medical Center

Wednesday, August 21, 2013
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. ET

This presentation by Dr. John Cook of Children’s HealthWatch discusses household energy insecurity (HEI) in terms of how it is measured and in terms of its consequences for children and families, and our future prosperity. The presentation communicates a straightforward, understandable way of quantifying HEI. Research evidence that indicates the impacts of HEI on child and family health is summarized, and health impacts of HEI are discussed in the context of what is needed to insure a prosperous future for us all.

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2013 Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC)

Presenter: Maryann Tucker, Director of Outreach and Constituent Services, NYS Department of Taxation and Finance

Thursday, March 7, 2013
1:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. EST

This presentation provides some insight into the behind the scenes returns processing of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC). New York's EITC, one of the most generous in the nation, is an economic boost to more than 1.6 million working New Yorkers each year. Of the $940 million paid out annually, 96 percent goes to working families with children. Through partnerships with advocacy groups and the Internal Revenue Service, the Taxation and Finance Department strives to ensure that all eligible taxpayers receive the tax credits they deserve. At the same time, New York State has a fiscal responsibility to ensure that refunds are not issued to those that are not entitled or to those that are filing fraudulent returns. This presentation will discuss:

  • Statistics on New York State’s EITC
  • New York State’s nationally recognized audit selection system
  • The scope of EITC fraud related issues and the rise in tax return-related identity theft
  • How advocacy groups have helped to reshape our thinking and tax return review procedures

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LIHEAP Action Day Information

Presenter: Kathy Walgren, Interim Executive Director, National Fuel Funds Network

Thursday, February 21, 2013
10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. EST

LIHEAP Action Day is an event dedicated to preserving funding for the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, a vital safety net program for low-income energy customers. Sponsored by the National Fuel Funds Network, LIHEAP Action Day brings together low-income energy advocates from a broad range of organizations and communities for a day of grassroots lobbying and education. LIHEAP Action Day events occur in Washington, DC where more than 100 briefings are held with federal legislators and at other press events and briefings in communities across America. LIFE’s LIHEAP Action Day Webinar will explore ways that low-income energy advocates can support and participate in Action Day in Washington as well as in their own communities. These are challenging times for energy assistance with funding cuts to LIHEAP a reality this year as the need for assistance grows. LIHEAP Action Day is a critical tool to ensuring that the needs of low-income energy customers are understood and addressed.

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U.S. Department of Treasury’s Go Direct Campaign

Presenter: Lindsay Cole, Go Direct Campaign Representative

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 
10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. EST

Everyone who receives federal benefit payments by paper check is required by the U.S. Department of the Treasury to switch to an electronic payment option by March 1, 2013. The Treasury Department reports that New York seniors and other federal benefit recipients are still receiving nearly 343,000 paper checks each month and have yet to switch to electronic payments. Help senior citizens, veterans, people with disabilities and others switch to direct deposit or the Direct Express® Debit MasterCard® card before the official deadline. This webinar will outline the Treasury Department and Federal Reserve Banks public education campaign called Go Direct and the two Treasury-recommended options for getting electronic payments. Additionally, as trusted resources in the New York community, this webinar will highlight ways for you to educate and communicate this information to the people you serve.

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Helping Communities Survive and Recover from Natural Disaster

Presenters: Sue Montgomery Corey, Community Power Network and Supervisor of the town of Minerva; Bill Ferebee, Supervisor of the Town of Keene; Randy Douglas, Supervisor of the Town of Jany and the Chair of the Essex County Board of Supervisors; and Don Jaquish, Emergency Services Director for Essex County
Tuesday, December 22
10:00 a.m.-11:00 p.m. EST

The webinar will feature three key leaders of the Hurricane Irene recovery efforts who will share their experiences of the similarities between the current recovery and rebuilding efforts resulting from Hurricane Sandy on Long Island and in New York City and last year's upstate floods following Hurricane Irene. Information provided will be relevant to all those presently affected by recovery challenges downstate in addition to those who are concerned with preventative measures or recovery strategies for future disasters.

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2012-2013 HEAP Updates

Presenters: Heidi Torraco, Center for Employment and Economic Supports
Thursday, October 25
10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. EST

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. The program also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat‐related emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a heating equipment repair and/or replacement benefit for households with inoperable heating equipment. The heating season is scheduled to begin in November, so the 2012-2013 heating season is right around the corner. The LIFE program invites you to join this webinar to find out more about HEAP updates for the upcoming heating season and become part of the low-income energy dialogue.

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National Grid Advocates in Action

Presenters: Kate Granger and Nancy Ciaflone, National Grid
Thursday, September 20
10:30 a.m.-11:30 p.m. EST

National Grid's Consumer Advocacy team launched the grassroots campaign, "Advocates in Action". The purpose of the campaign is to proactively reach out to our low income customers by being present in local community action program (CAP) agencies, food pantries, health care facilities, unemployment job training centers and various veterans' events where this segment of customers typically seeks assistance. The on-the-ground approach of the Advocates in Action program allows us to directly experience the challenges faced by our low income customers and work with them one-on-one to find solutions based on their individual circumstances. This program is emerging as a vital component of the Company's larger Customer Service strategy of direct engagement with the communities we serve. Through this program, we will continue to reach out and understand the obstacles our customers face and access all available resources to meet their needs.

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EmPower New York

Presenter: Kelvin Keraga, Senior Project Manager, NYSERDA
Thursday, June 21
1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m. EST

This session will bring participants up to date with EmPower New York: Staff will outline referral options, review new literature that is available, provide a step-by-step outline as to how the program runs, and answer any questions.

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Socioeconomic Impacts of Loss of Utilities

Presenter: Viletta Coombs, Esq. - Consultant
Thursday, April 26, 2012
10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m. EST

Attorney Viletta Coombs presents on the socioeconomic impacts of consumer utility loss. This presentation is centered upon the premise that utilities are integral to basic human needs such as food, shelter, and clothing. A majority of utility providers and consumers are oblivious as to what happens when families lose their utilities. This presentation, we will explore: many socioeconomic impacts that ensue when families lose their utilities; several state and federal programs that theoretically address these issues; and how utilities may help with these issues without fiscal consequence.

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Reducing Utility Costs in Public Housing: Putting HUD’s Energy Use and Cost Reduction Incentives to Work at the Chicago Housing Authority

Presenter: David Anderson, CEM – Consultant
Thursday, March 22, 2012
10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m. EST

Certified Energy Manager David Anderson presents about successful energy-related incentives made available to Public Housing Authorities. The Chicago Housing Authority (CHA) is the second largest public housing authority (PHA) in the continental U.S. This presentation will outline the energy use and cost reduction incentives offered by HUD and how, using actual examples, the CHA utilized those incentives and benefitted from them. The CHA has helped to shape and develop incentives that were later adopted by HUD (through regulations) and made available to all PHAs.

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The Impact of Higher Energy Prices on Older Consumers

Presenters: Neal Walters and Ann McLarty Jackson, AARP Public Policy Institute
Tuesday, February 21, 2012
1 p.m.-2 p.m. EST

Ann Jackson and Neal Walters of AARP's Public Policy Institute present findings from their recent research focusing on the impact of higher energy prices on older consumers. The first study examines the most recent EIA data and finds that projected winter heating costs for consumers aged 65 and older will create a substantial burden for many lower income older consumers. A second study analyzes the latest Consumer Expenditure Survey data on utility expenditures by older consumers and finds that these expenditures vary among consumers by age, income, household size, geographic location, and ethnicity.

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LIHEAP Action Day

Presenters: George Coling, National Fuel Funds Network; Linda Barnes, Entergy; Louis Gonzalez, Florida Power and Light
January 20, 2012

In December, Congress completed legislation to fund the government through September 30, the end of Fiscal Year 2012. This legislation cut the appropriation for the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) from $5.1 billion in FY 2011 to $3.5 billion for FY 2012. Meanwhile, the Obama Administration is preparing to submit its budget request for FY 2013 in early February. Securing LIHEAP funding at $5.billion for FY will be challenging. To address that challenge, the National Fuel Funds Network (www.nationalfuelfunds.org Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.) is convening NFFN’s LIHEAP Action Day in Washington, DC on February 15, 2012. NFFN will also hold Summer LIHEAP Action Day, tentatively July 31, 2012.

To encourage the widest possible participation in NFFN’s LIHEAP Action Day, New York State’s Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) will host a webinar on LIHEAP Action Day. Representatives from NFFN, Entergy, and Florida Power and Light will discuss the purpose and logistics of LIHEAP Action Day, how a regional utility participates in the event and how to make the most out of LIHEAP advocacy.

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Pathways out of Poverty

Presenter:  Rebecca Sterling, NYSERDA
November 15, 2011

The LIFE program invites you to register for this webinar to learn about how NYSERDA’s Workforce Development programs have adjusted to meet the needs of the changing economy. Rebecca Sterling, Assistant Project Manager with the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA), will provide an overview of the Career Pathways for Disadvantaged Workers and Green Jobs Green New York Worker Readiness programs. Gain a better understanding of how disadvantaged workers have overcome adversity and obtained the skills necessary for successful green careers.

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HEAP Updates for the 2011-2012 Heating Season

Presenter:  Greg Abel, NYS OTDA
October 18, 2011

HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. The program also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat‐related emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a furnace repair and/or replacement benefit for households with inoperable heating equipment. The heating season is scheduled to begin in November, so the 2011-2012 heating season is right around the corner. The LIFE program invites you to join this webinar to find out more about HEAP updates for the upcoming heating season and become part of the low-income energy dialogue.

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There are Holes in Our Walls

Presenter:  Marc Zuluaga of Steven Winter Associates and Richard Leigh of Urban Green Council
September 13, 2011

The quality of the building envelope drives the heating and cooling loads of most buildings and advanced envelopes have demonstrated that proper design can lead to dramatic reductions in these loads. Urban Green Council, concerned about the impact of wall penetrations such as window air conditioners on thermal loads in existing buildings, selected Steven Winter Associates (SWA) to perform a study of this issue. This webinar will report the results of that study. By physical testing in a sample of buildings, SWA found that the average AC or PTAC brings with it an opening equivalent to six square inches, which in the winter leaks heat, costing as much as the AC bill for the summer. This and other substantive findings will be presented by SWA's principal investigator, Marc Zuluaga, and Richard Leigh of Urban Green Council who will summarize the recommendations of the Advisory Committee.

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Low Interest Residential Energy Efficiency Loans and Grants for Rural Homeowners

Presenter:  Jennifer Jackson, USDA Rural Development
April 27, 2011

USDA Rural Development recognizes the vital role homeownership plays in improving lives, creating jobs and promoting economic opportunities. Rural Development supports rural homeowners with very low incomes by financing home repairs to include energy saving measures and improvements. For seniors 62 and older who cannot afford a loan, grant funds are also available for qualifying repairs. In this webinar, you will learn about USDA Rural Development’s Section 504 Home Repair Loan and Program, how families or individuals can qualify and where to apply for assistance. With a network of 10 Rural Development Area Offices throughout New York, stakeholders will also learn how they can partner and establish a referral based relationship with USDA.

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The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance

Presenter:  Jason Edens, RREAL
March 2, 2011

The Rural Renewable Energy Alliance is a 501c3 nonprofit organization in Minnesota dedicated to making solar technology accessible to families and communities of all income levels.  RREAL has been a pioneer in the development and delivery of solar assistance and solar heat for low-income families.  It is their hope that solar thermal will be incorporated into weatherization programming across the country. Solar Air Heat is a technology that is closely aligned with the goals of public low-income energy assistance programs.  Sign up to this webinar to learn about successful state and regional efforts to integrate solar air heat into weatherization and energy assistance programming in the Midwest and the possible implications this new technology may  have on the low-income weatherization in the Northeast.

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Everything You Need to Know About the Earned Income Tax Credit

Presenter:  Mark Schaffer, NYS OTDA
January 27, 2011

The Earned Income Tax Credit is the largest anti-poverty program in the country, larger than food stamps and larger than TANF.  In this webinar we will cover what the EITC is, who is eligible, how to claim it, how much it is worth, and the impact it has on other benefit programs.  The IRS estimates that 20-25% of eligible families in New York do not claim the credit.  This translates to over 300,000 households in New York alone.  This webinar will give OTDA the opportunity to heighten awareness of the EITC among professionals who work with low and moderate income families.  

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Everything You Need to Know About Energy Efficient Lighting

Presenter:  Mark Michalski, NYSERDA
December 8, 2010

With the holiday season approaching, many New Yorkers will decorate with holiday lighting, which can increase household energy bills. At any time of the year, lighting can really burn a hole in someone’s pocket. This webinar will cover everything you need to know about how to light your home efficiently and cost effectively.  Please sign up to be a part of this webinar by clicking the link below and become a part of the low-income energy dialogue.

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Affordable Home Energy and Health: Making the Connections

Presenters:  Chris Baker, Senior Strategic Policy Advisor, AARP
Lynne Page Snyder, PhD, MPH, NEADA
November 17, 2010

Unaffordable home energy bills pose a serious and increasing threat to the health and well-being of a growing number of older people in low- and moderate-income households. Based on the findings of a new AARP Public Policy Institute report, this webinar will explore the health threats posed by weather and high home energy costs and describe how affordable home energy protects health, facilitates personal independence and reduces inappropriate use of health services. The presenters will also discuss key recommendations from the report that promote adequate and affordable home energy use and acknowledge the role of home energy in helping older adults and people of all ages maintain both economic security and good health. Please sign up to be a part of this webinar by clicking the link below and become a part of the low-income energy dialogue.

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The 2010-2011 Home Energy Assistance Program

Presenters:  Greg Abel and Emily Maher-Cmaylo, NYS Office of Temporary Disability Assistance
October 20, 2010

HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.  HEAP may also be available to assist households whose heat is included in the rent. HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a furnace repair and/or replacement benefit for households with inoperable heating equipment.

HEAP season is right around the corner!  The 2010-11 HEAP season officially opens on November 1st and the LIFE program is pleased to present this webinar to address any updates that may be new to the 2010-11 HEAP program. This webinar is geared towards people who may be HEAP eligible and want to learn more about the HEAP program and also for organizations who want to learn about how to better serve their clients during the upcoming heating season.

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Lifeline Telephone Service

Presenter: Erin O’Dell-Keller, NYS Department of Public Service
September 15, 2010

Telephone service provides a vital lifeline to emergency services, friends, and family. No one should be out of touch simply because they cannot afford telephone service. Lifeline Telephone Service is a government assistance program that helps income-eligible customers offset the cost of establishing phone service and save money on monthly phone bills.

Lifeline provides a discount on local residential telephone service or wireless telephone service and can save eligible consumers as much as $250 a year. Lifeline service may also include free minutes or use, and /or free telephones.

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Last Updated: 09/19/2014