As we enter the 2018 holiday season, many of us are looking forward to bringing together our families under one roof to celebrate Christmas and New Year’s in our warm, comfortable Long Island homes. But for some of us, that simple wish is not so easy to fulfill: one out of three Long Island households don’t earn enough to heat their homes during the bitter winter months.
That’s where Project Warmth comes in.
As Long Island’s only non-governmental, island-wide emergency fuel fund, Project Warmth is a safety net for families who are unable to pay their heating bill. These days, many working families and seniors on Long Island are having a hard time making ends meet; if a crisis strikes any of these households, they may be forced into making financial compromises and trade-offs that could be detrimental, or even life-threatening.
Project Warmth provides a one-time grant for fuel and/or fuel-related electricity. Payments are made directly to oil and utility companies on behalf of eligible residents facing heating emergencies.
To apply for a Project Warmth grant
If you or someone you know needs emergency heating assistance, apply for a Project Warmth grant today. The program opens December 3 and will remain open until funds are exhausted. Contact United Way Long Island’s Information and Referral call center by dialing 2-1-1 (or 1-888-774-7633) 7 days a week, 9:00am-5:00pm, for referrals to an intake site.
To support Project Warmth
Your support of Project Warmth this holiday season will not only keep a Long Island family warm and safe, it will also help them pay for food, water, prescription medication, shelter and clothing. You can contribute to Project Warmth at this link, or mailing your check to Project Warmth at 819 Grand Boulevard, Deer Park, NY 11729.
For additional assistance
If you receive benefits from a program such as HEAP, Medicaid, SNAP or SSI, PSEG Long Island offers a Household Assistance Program (HAP) for savings on your monthly electric bill. For more information, contact PSEG Long Island at firstname.lastname@example.org
Income-eligible National Grid customers may qualify for the Energy Affordability Program (EAP), which offers monthly bill credits. To learn more, call (800) 930-5003 or visit ngrid.com/li-affordable.
Please join us in supporting Project Warmth this holiday season – and if there is anything we can do to help make bill paying easier for you during a challenging time, let us know. Happy holidays to your family from ours!