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 firstname.lastname@example.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.
* 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.