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Nassau programs for Sandy victims

Larry Elliott and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano

Larry Elliott and Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano look through the ruined remains of Larry Elliott's Seaford home which was destroyed by superstorm Sandy and now has to be treated for mold. (Jan. 8, 2013) (Credit: Newsday / Thomas A. Ferrara)

Nassau County Executive Edward Mangano announced Wednesday a new network of programs and financial assistance to help victims of superstorm Sandy.

*The Community Development Corp. of Long Island offers emergency home repair loans of up to $5,000 to assist homeowners whose incomes are less than 120 percent of area median income. Call 631-471-1215, ext. 125 or email homeloan@cdcli.org.

* The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority has a free energy-efficiency program for state residents whose income is at or less than 60 percent of the state median; the program is guidelined under the Home Energy Assistance Program.

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* EmPower NY offers no-cost energy services for eligible homeowners who experienced flooding on Long Island and in the Rockaways. Those seeking assistance can call 800-263-0960.

A one-time bill credit entitles eligible customers to $150 to assist with repairs and/or replacement of damaged boilers, water heaters or furnaces. The customer’s equipment must have been “tagged” indicating a relight was necessary.

Assistance is also available for HEAP-eligible customers in addition to the $150 bill credit. These customers, who previously have been approved for the 2011 and 2012 HEAP program, can receive help with gas equipment inspections, repair or replacement completed by a licensed plumber.

Customers who are ineligible for HEAP based on income levels can receive expanded customer assistance in addition to the $150 bill credit. Customers whose household income levels fall within certain low-income guidelines or who meet other need-based criteria may be eligible to receive additional assistance.

To determine eligibility, gas customers are urged to call National Grid at 877-696-4743 for an initial screening. A copy of the National Grid Hurricane Sandy Relief Program brochure with eligibility guidelines is posted at https://211longisland.community os.org/cms/mode/126.


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