Customers experiencing a financial hardship this winter are encouraged to apply for a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) grant through their local Department of Social Services. Those who qualify may also be eligible to receive additional benefits from Central Hudson.
Customers who are eligible for HEAP and use electricity or natural gas as their primary heating source may receive a regular benefit $350 to $400 and an additional benefit of $350 to $490 beginning Jan. 2.
Eligibility for HEAP benefits is determined by income and family size; a family of four earning up to $50,629 per year may qualify.
Customers who receive HEAP benefits toward their account during the 2014-2015 HEAP season will also be issued a bill credit of between $5.50 and $23 per month on their Central Hudson bill, depending on the type of service received, for a maximum of 12 months.
Central Hudson offers other assistance programs, including Deferred Payment Agreements to pay past due amounts over time, and the Powerful Opportunities Program to help income-qualified customers manage their monthly Central Hudson bills, reduce their past due amounts and learn about energy efficiency. More info on CentralHudson.com, newyorkpowertochoose.com, and otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/program.asp.