— Forwarded to me by a friend —

Dear Friend:

In many regions, people have seen their home heating bills increase rapidly in the past few months.  I want you to know that, if you meet certain income criteria, you may be eligible for assistance with your home heating bills. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program, administered by the State of California, that helps low-income households pay their energy bills.

You can check your eligibility by visiting the HEAP website at HEAP FAQ.  It includes clickable tabs for both income guidelines and for a providers directory.  Local community services agencies are responsible for processing applications and a list of those agencies may be found in the providers directory.

Another great part of the HEAP website is a winter-time energy savings guide to conserving energy during the cold weather months.  The list includes many ideas that range from steps you can take that are free to those that involve a significant investment.  I encourage you to check out these tips.  You can find a link on the HEAP website or access it directly at LINK/

I will continue to work to lower and stabilize the costs of home heating.  In the meantime, I encourage you to check your eligibility and to share this information with someone who could benefit from the program.


Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

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