Energy Assistance & Community Development

HeartShare equips low-income families with essential resources to stay warm and healthy.

Helping Low-Income New Yorkers Stay Warm and Healthy

HeartShare bridges the gap between government, community and families. We educate and advocate for the community and equip low income families with resources to stay warm and safe. With utility and community partners, HeartShare also administers grant programs to help people struggling to maintain the balance between utility bills and other essential needs.

HeartShare’s efforts include an annual trip to the Capitol, where the team advocates for federal funding, such as for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). Reflective of HeartShare’s dexterity in responding to the needs of the community, HeartShare’s Community Development Program also has been deployed under dire circumstances. We helped families get back on their feet following Superstorm Sandy. Together, these services ensure that our most vulnerable New Yorkers are safe and healthy.

HeartShare received the 2016 Victorine Q. Adams Excellence Award for its role in creating the largest network among utility companies, elected officials and community organizations nationally. The award is from the National Energy and Utility Affordability Coalition (NEUAC), an awareness-raising coalition for low-income energy consumers. HeartShare sits on NEUAC’s Board.

EnergyShare

Program will open in February.

12 MetroTech Center, 29th Floor
Brooklyn, NY
(877) 480-7427

Applications: Available in January

Eligibility: Applicants must exhaust all forms of HEAP before they are able to apply. Applicants must have a disconnection notice on their Con Edison accounts. This grant is available to residents of the five boroughs of New York City and Westchester County and only can be received once every five years.

Grant Amount: Grants up to $200 are available.

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Care & Share

Care & Share Heating Fund will open in February.

12 MetroTech Center, 29th Floor
Brooklyn, NY
(855) 852-2736

Applications: Available in January

Eligibility: Applicants must exhaust all sources of HEAP before applying and have an active account with National Grid. This grant is fuel-blind, available to residents of upstate counties and can be received once per heating season.

Grant Amount: $200.

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Neighborhood Heating Fund

Program will open in February.

12 MetroTech Center, 29th Floor
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 522-6514

Applications: Available in December

Eligibility: Applicants must exhaust all forms of HEAP before they are able to apply. Applicants must have an open balance on their National Grid heating accounts. This grant is only available to residents of Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island who live in a 1-2 family house or pay for heat in their apartment. This grant can be received once per heating season.

Grant Amount: $200.

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Project SHARE Heating Fund

Program will open in February.

12 MetroTech Center, 29th Floor
Brooklyn, NY

(844) 579-5555

Applications: Available in January

Eligibility: Applicants must exhaust all sources of HEAP before applying, have an active account with NYSEG or RG&E and must have an energy emergency. Active military and well-discharged veterans, regardless of income, are welcome to apply. This grant can be received once every 12 months.

Grant Amount: Grants up to $350 are available.

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Convert to Natural Gas

12 MetroTech Center, 29th Floor
Brooklyn, NY
(718) 422-4211

This program gives low income families who use oil the option to convert from oil to gas for free.

Eligibility: If a client has been awarded HEAP, or has Medicaid, SNAP, Family Assistance, Public Assistance, SSI, Veterans Disability Pension, Veteran’s Surviving Spouse Pension or Child Health Plus they can apply.  They must also live in the downstate National Grid service territory which is Brooklyn, Queens and Staten Island.  National Grid will do all the work and provide the new gas heating equipment at no cost to the client.

Further details on eligibility here.

“It takes an interwoven, communicative and dedicated state-wide network of community organizations, elected officials and utility companies to keep low-income families warm, safe and healthy."