WASHINGTON – As New York State continues to feel effects of extreme cold, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is pushing a new plan to help expand access to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program.
Gillibrand has introduced the Heating and Cooling Relief Act of 2022, which would invest $40 billion in annual funding to expand access to the program by expanding eligibility criteria so families never pay more than three percent of their annual income on energy costs.
In addition, the legislation aims to ensure that every household receiving help under the program can have their utility debt cleared.
“No person or family should ever go without adequate heat,” said Senator Gillibrand. “As New York continues facing extreme and potentially dangerous cold weather, we must ensure that every person has access to reliable, affordable, and sufficient heat to stay safe at home.”
She goes on to say the bill would also help New York reach its energy goals by supporting the transition away from fossil fuel consumption.