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Assistance for Low and Moderate Income Households

NYSERDA Programs

Income-qualified families are particularly susceptible to high and fluctuating energy costs, based on the earnings to expenditure ratio.  To reduce the energy burden on these households, NYSERDA offers the following programs that provide cost-effective home improvements:

Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR®

New York State households with a total income equal to or lower than 80% of the Uniformity with State or Area Median Income, whichever is greater, may receive additional financial incentives to improve the energy efficiency of their home through Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR. Income-eligible households can receive a subsidy (Assisted Subsidy) representing up to 50% of an approved energy efficiency project.  Visit Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR  for more information.

Assisted New York ENERGY STAR Homes

Receive a $500 cash incentive if your household income is less than or equal to these guidelines. For more information or help with income-eligibility verification, please call 1-877-NY-SMART.

EmPower New YorkSM

The EmPower program has provided more than 61,000 income-eligible New Yorkers with insulation, draft reduction, high efficiency lighting, or appliance upgrades—for free.

Residents have also learned to reduce their energy bills further by changing the ways they use energy in their homes, keeping more money in their pockets to spend on what’s important to them. Visit the EmPower Program Overview to learn more.

Low-Income Forum on Energy

The Low-Income Forum on Energy (LIFE) brings together organizations and individuals committed to addressing the challenges and opportunities facing low-income New Yorkers as they seek safe, affordable and reliable energy.

Additional Programs

Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Administered by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), HEAP provides financial assistance to eligible households to help pay for their home heating costs. To be eligible, a household must meet income guidelines; 60% of the State Median Income or belowLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. and either pay directly for heating costs or pay rent that includes heating costs. Individual applicants must be U.S. citizens or qualified aliens. To learn more and see if you are eligible, visit the Home Energy Assistance ProgramLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. site.

Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP)

Administered by the New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), WAP assists income-eligible families and individualsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page. by reducing their heating/cooling costs and improving the safety of their homes through energy efficiency measures. Both single family and multifamily buildings are eligible. Program services are available to both homeowners and renters, with priority given to senior citizens, families with children and persons with disabilities.

Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee Disaster Assistance

Funding is available to New York State residents to help repair and replace furnace damaged as a result of Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Lee.

Funding will provide help to homeowners for their primary and/or permanent residence in the 34 counties that have been declared eligible for disaster assistance and any that are subsequently added by the federal government. Those counties are: Albany, Bronx, Broome, Chemung, Chenango, Clinton, Columbia, Delaware, Dutchess, Essex, Fulton, Greene, Herkimer, Kings, Montgomery, Nassau, Oneida, Orange, Otsego, Putnam, Queens, Rensselaer, Richmond, Rockland, Saratoga, Schenectady, Schoharie, Suffolk, Sullivan, Tioga, Ulster, Warren, Washington, and Westchester.

The funding is made available through a collaboration between New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR) and the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). Up to $6,000 per applicant is available to households that qualify. Work will include repair or replacement of the furnace, boiler or hot-water heater as well as repair or replacement of duct work, fuel tanks, venting systems, or other items essential to the safe operation of the heating system. Assistance is limited to single family homes and duplexes.

Furnace repair and replacement in affected counties will be operated through the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) overseen by HCR. Through this program, HCR contracts with experienced local providers to do work. Assistance will be provided on a
first-come, first-served basis to those whose homeowner's insurance does not cover the damage, or have applied for assistance through the Federal Emergency Management Agency and have been either rejected or received an inadequate payment.

Households cannot have liquid resources exceeding $5,000 and must meet certain income eligibility guidelines, which can be found at http://nysdhcr.gov/Programs/WeatherizationAssistance/Link opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

To apply, homeowners should directly contact the Weatherization Assistance provider that serves their area. A list of providers can be found at: http://www.nyshcr.org/programs/weatherizationassistance/Providers.htmLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page.

For more information about furnace repairs or replacement call 1-866-ASK-DHCR.

To read the full press release, please click here http://www.governor.ny.gov/press/11162011AdditionalResourcesforStormVictimsLink opens in new window - close new window to return to this page..

Last Updated: 06/04/2013