National Grid says federally funded heating assistance available to low income homes in St. Lawrence County
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 - 9:02 am

With winter in full swing, electricity distributor National Grid wants to remind customers that applications are still being accepted for the federally-funded Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides income-eligible families assistance in paying their energy bills.

LIHEAP payments vary depending on household income, household composition and heating fuel costs in relation to income. If a household receives public assistance, Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or food stamps, the household will most likely be eligible for LIHEAP benefits. If a household is not receiving public assistance, it still may be eligible if the gross monthly household income is at or below income guidelines based on household size.

Since LIHEAP funding is limited, customers who feel they may qualify for the funds should contact LIHEAP immediately through the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services at 379-2297.

If you are 60 years of age or older, and need information on applying, call the St. Lawrence County Office for the Aging at 386-4730.

More info is also available at the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance website at www.otda.state.ny.us/main/heap.

This year the Foundation donated $385,000 to heating assistance funds in

There are several programs available to National Grid customers to help manage energy costs:

· low-income discount rate – Discount rates are available to many National Grid electricity customers, based on service area and certain eligibility requirements. For more information contact National Grid or their local energy assistance agency, Community Action Agency or state department of social services.

· Billing Options – National Grid has billing programs to help customers spread payments out more evenly across the year, which are particularly helpful to those on fixed incomes. Visit www.nationalgridus.com for more information on this and other payment programs.

Since 2005, National Grid and the National Grid Foundation have made heating fund donations that exceed $9 million.