Rep. Gillibrand Concerned About Oil Prices Impact on Winter Home Heating Costs
Today, local Congresswoman Kirsten Gillibrand announced her support legislation that will provide a $500 tax credit for individuals and families who face significant home heating costs this winter. With the home heating months just around the corner, the Congresswoman is fighting to make sure that Upstate New Yorkers will not have to choose between food and heat this winter. The legislation, H.R. 6321, the Home Energy Assistance Tax Relief (HEATR) Act, sponsored by Congressman John McHugh, provides a $500 tax credit for individuals and families who spend more than $1,500 in home heating costs this winter. For those who spend less than $1,500, they would receive a credit equal to 1/3 of their home heating costs.
"Early indications are that we will face significant increases in home heating costs this winter," said Congresswoman Gillibrand, a Member of the House Armed Services Committee. "It is imperative that the Congress take immediate steps to ensure that our families will be able to heat their homes this winter. We can't wait till the weather begins to change to take action."
The Congresswoman has also been fighting to ensure that the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) receives the necessary funding to combat rising energy costs this winter. Earlier this year, she sent a letter to Congressional leadership expressing the impending situation this winter and urging for full funding of this critical program.
The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, who administers LIHEAP in New York State is currently taking applications for funds for the Furnace Repair and Replacement Program. Applications are available at the County Social Services Offices. For more information, please contact the Congresswoman's District Offices.