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Are you a New York State resident who is having trouble paying the bills?

Two new financial programs from the State of New York are available to homeowners who fell behind on mortgage, property tax, water bills, or coop/Condo fees, as well as utility bills for gas and electricity.

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Homeowner Assistance Fund:
The Application window opens on January 3, 2022. The state expects to receive significantly more applications than can be funded by the program. Applications will be processed in the order they were received. Application submission does not guarantee you will receive financial assistance.

One cannot submit an application yet, but you can prepare all the documents ready to upload and you can collect all the information you will need to have when the application window opens.

All the instructions are available on the NY State website.

Residents of Crown Heights, Brooklyn who have questions are invited to call the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council at 718-771-9000.

HEAP Regular Arears Supplement:
If you owe a “past due” balance on your gas or electric bill, New York City wants to help you pay it!

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funding is available to help eligible households pay past-due arrears for natural gas and/or electric utility accounts. Payments are made directly to an eligible household’s utility company.

Households may apply for HEAP Regular Arrears Supplement (RAS) benefits by completing the HEAP application form, available now at the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council.

Benefits are provided to eligible applicants on a first come first served basis through September 30, 2022 or until funds are no longer available. We strongly encourage you to apply as quickly as possible. If you are a resident of Crown Heights, bring your completed form and documentation into the office and the staff will send it in to HEAP for you.

Local residents seeking additional information about HEAP are asked to call Crown Heights Jewish Community Council at 718-771-9000.

This article first appeared on the COLLive.com website.

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