New York is providing $250 million in funding to eliminate pandemic-related utility arrears for residential households, with a priority to low-income households, from March 7, 2020 through March 1, 2022.
The funds will be applied to customers’ accounts by the utilities, including PSEG-LI, and various municipal electric cooperatives.
PSEG and National Grid are administering the program, which provides customers a chance to have utility debts from that time period to be forgiven, the Health & Welfare Council of Long Island said.
Customers already enrolled in the PSEG Household Assistance Program or the National Grid Energy Affordability Program
And customers enrolled in one of the following programs
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
-Lifeline Telephone Service Program (Lifeline)
-Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)
-Veterans Disability or Survivors Pension
-Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
-Federal Public Housing Assistance
-Bureau of Indian Affairs General Assistance (if living on tribal lands)
-Head Start (if living on tribal lands)
-Tribal TANF (if living on tribal lands)
-Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (if living on tribal lands)
-Utility Guarantee / Direct Vendor programs
-Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF)
-Safety Net Assistance
Long Islanders have until Dec. 31 to enroll in relevant programs and apply for utility forgiveness
To apply with National Grid: click here
To apply with PSEG: click here.