National Grid Donates $6 Million in Financial Assistance to Help Vulnerable New York Customers
Northampton, MA / AccessWire / November 16, 2022 / National Grid is kicking off its annual Season of Giving by donating $6 million to further support New York customers who are struggling to make ends meet this winter. The funds will be used to launch new energy bill assistance and emergency food assistance programs for low- to moderate-income customers, and to augment the company’s existing contributions. care and share And neighborhood heating fund Program. The contribution is expected to benefit more than 31,500 New York households, or approximately 100,000 people, and is in addition to National Grid’s annual local community and philanthropic support.
National Grid is the first New York energy company to offer a targeted assistance program to low- to moderate-income customers. new programs Hope and Warmth Energy Fund and Heart’s Fighting Hunger Emergency Food Assistance – will help families who are experiencing financial hardships but have missed qualifying for federally funded home energy assistance program, These are families who live on the brink of financial insecurity, with incomes above the federal poverty level but below the basic cost of living.
“We know this winter’s higher energy supply prices will increase the financial burden for our customers who are coping with increased costs at the grocery store, the gas pump and nearly every aspect of their lives,” said Rudy Winter of National Grid in New York. said the President. “As we enter the holiday season, now is the time to provide additional customer support beyond what we currently provide. We are committed to helping our customers stay warm and safe this winter. “
Hope and Warmth Energy Fund And heart fighting hunger Programs will open on December 15 and close when funds run out. care and share And neighborhood heating fund Grants are offered annually beginning in February. All the programs will be conducted by HeartShare Human Services of New York,
“We are very excited to continue and expand our long-standing partnership with National Grid, which signifies a company that is committed to serving our partners across the state,” said William Gurinello, President and CEO of HeartShare. Cares about and takes care of New Yorkers.” human Services.
“These new programs ease the stress brought on by energy and food insecurity for thousands of middle-income families not otherwise eligible for any assistance who are facing tough choices in their lives,” said Tanya Jones , said Senior Director of Energy Assistance and Community Development, HeartShare Human Services.
Hope and Warmth Energy Fund Eligibility
Hope and Warmth Energy Fund Will provide emergency financial assistance to vulnerable customers of the National Grid whose income exceeds the HEAP eligibility guidelines and who are having difficulty paying heat-related energy bills. Eligible customers will receive a $200 grant during the winter heating season. To qualify, an applicant essential,
Hearts Fighting Hunger Eligibility
heart fighting hunger Provides one-time emergency food assistance to eligible National Grid New York customers with past due account and a $150 grocery store gift card/food voucher for a vulnerable household member. Clients receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP benefits, are not eligible for this program. be worthy of heart fighting hungerApplicant essential:
Care and Share and Neighborhood Heating Fund eligibility
care and share Provides emergency financial assistance to income-eligible individuals and households who are having difficulty paying energy bills related to heat in the national grid Upstate New York Service Area, neighborhood heating fund Provides emergency financial assistance to income-eligible individuals and households who are having difficulty paying energy bills related to heat in the national grid New York Metro Service Area,
Programs open in February and close when funds run out. Eligible customers receive one $200 grant per season. To qualify, the applicant essential:
Have an active National Grid account in his name.
Have a household income that meets the Home Energy Assistance Program guidelines.
All available HEAP assistance has been exhausted at the time of application.
For more information about these programs, including how to apply, visit: HeartShare Human Services of New York | Energy Support.
Project Warmth Helps Long Island Clients
project warmthNational Grid, a community-based partnership between local businesses and non-profit agencies, provides assistance to Long Islanders who are experiencing a heating emergency and do not qualify for federal assistance programs due to income guidelines. administered by united way of long islandProject Warmth provides a one-off grant for customers who are unable to pay their heating bills. For a referral, call 2-1-1 (or 1-888-774-7633) or visit the United Way of Long Island Information and Referral Call Center www.unitedwayli.org/projectwarmth, National Grid Foundation Additional funding for Project Warmth is expected to be announced later this year.
More solutions available through National Grid Winter Customer Savings Initiative
Since the beginning of September, National Grid has been actively promoting bill management programs and solutions to ensure that customers have time to take advantage of all available services and tools that can help them save money on winter energy bills. Can help Global conflicts, inflationary pressures and higher demand are forecast to push energy supply prices to record highs this winter. National Grid buys energy from the wholesale market on behalf of customers and passes those costs along without any markup or profit; Customers pay what the national grid pays for that energy.
Customers experiencing difficulty filing their energy bills are encouraged to contact National Grid as soon as possible. Company resources include flexible payment schedules; comprehensive residential and commercial energy efficiency programs and incentives; and low cost/no cost bill management solutions. Visit National Grid Winter Customer Savings Initiative website to learn more.
In addition, there are many support programs and services for qualifying customer,
bar of new york state Electricity and Gas Bill Relief Credit ProgramWhich clears the outstanding utility bills by May 1, 2022. Customers can qualify for the Balance Relief Program until December 31, 2022.
federal home energy assistance program, which provides financial grants to eligible customers that help pay for home heating bills. These grants do not need to be repaid. The HEAP program opened on November 1st and will be available until March 2023. For more information about HEAP, visit your County Department of Social Services,
National Grid’s Energy Affordability ProgramProvides an automatic monthly gas and electric bill credit for HEAP-eligible customers or customers participating in other eligible programs.
NYSERDA’s Empower New York Income-Eligible Free Weatherization ProgramUnder which the participating contractor is required to identify whether a home would benefit from free energy upgrades, such as high-efficiency lighting, attic and wall insulation, replacing old, inefficient refrigerators and freezers, and water, a Will complete a free home energy assessment – Savings on showerheads.
National Grid consumer advocateWho? work directly with customers To help them manage their energy bills. Advocates specialize in assisting income-eligible and vulnerable clients with programs and services available through the National Grid and local agency partners. In Upstate New York, he can be reached at 1-800-642-4272 or [email protected] For New York Metro: 718-643-4050 or [email protected] For Long Island: 1-800-930-5003 or [email protected]
National Grid’s Annual Season of Giving Initiatives
is launching Hope and Warmth Energy Fund And heart fighting hungerand increase in contribution care and share And this neighborhood heating fund, are among the many ways National Grid and its employees are giving back to customers and communities through the holidays. Other Giving initiatives include donations of food, clothing, and personal hygiene items to local shelters; serving the needy at food banks, soup kitchens, faith-based organizations, and senior centers; delivering Thanksgiving food; Holiday decorations in the non-profit sector, and much more.
National Grid is part of the Season of Giving project c, the company’s commitment to making a positive impact in the communities and neighborhoods of New York where customers and employees live, work and play. Project C is funded by National Grid shareholders.
The $6 million New York donation to National Grid is also funded by the company’s shareholders. it’s part of $17 million in philanthropic funding National Grid pledged in October to help New York and Massachusetts customers and communities meet their needs during this economically challenging time.
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