Project Warmth Emergency Fuel Fund

Project Warmth Long Island's Only Emergency Fuel Fund



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If you or someone you know needs financial assistance call 2-1-1 or 1-888-774-7633  from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Saturday and 12 - 4 pm on Sunday or visit www.211longisland.

United Way of Long Island works with nonprofit and corporate community partners to administer Project Warmth, Long Island’s only non-governmental emergency fuel fund which provides one-time grants to oil and utility companies on behalf of residents facing heating emergencies. Through a network of partner agencies, struggling Long Island families can apply to Project Warmth and receive information on other local resources to help them address greater financial stability. Last year the program distributed grants to 831 families.

For Eligibility Criteria and Participating Guidelines. Download the Project Warmth Fact Sheet

The Need
The issue that Project Warmth addresses on Long Island and the Rockaways is suburban poverty. Nassau, Suffolk and the Rockaways are perceived as some of the wealthiest suburbs in the United States but this affluence masks those struggling to make ends meet. The federal government's definition of poverty is $23,550 for a family of four which places only 6% of households at or below the Federal Poverty Level (FPL.) However, a recent report by the Welfare to Work Commission of the Suffolk County Legislature titled "Struggling in Suburbia" revealed that the poverty level in the region is actually 200% of the FPL or $46,100. The study points out that one out of five Long Islanders, or 600,000 residents, are presently not earning enough money to maintain self-sufficiency. Families at this income level are threatened by utility shut offs, housing arrears, mortgage default and health disparities. 

Most Project Warmth applicants live at the margin of poverty. Any crisis, such as a natural disaster, an illness or loss of a job, can cause an inability to pay for heat or electricity. Throughout the region, higher energy costs have caused more people than ever to exhaust their resources and many residents are still reeling from Super storm Sandy.  They still are out of work, or barely making it through the week after spending their life savings to repair their homes.  Living paycheck-to-paycheck is a struggle at any time, and Sandy tragically pushed many families over the edge. These issues are exacerbated by current federal legislation which funds the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program at $3 billion which is 40% lower than the $5 billion allocated only a few years ago.

United Way of Long Island Needs Your Help
United Way of Long Island is bracing for an unprecedented demand for emergency fuel fund assistance and needs your support to  provide critical safety-net services across the region. After the destruction of Superstorm Sandy many more of our neighbors will need assistance with emergency fuel.  To strengthen Project Warmth’s ability to provide critical safety-net services across the region Project Warmth will need to raise $1 million. These funds will allow Project Warmth to stay open all winter and accommodate thousands of underserved Long Islanders.

To Donate to Project Warmth
Long Islanders can make contributions to Project Warmth online at by choosing "Project Warmth" under the donation category, or through the yellow envelopes in their energy bills, or by sending donations directly to Project Warmth at 819 Grand Boulevard, Deer Park, NY.

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If you or someone you know needs financial assistance call 2-1-1 or 1-888-774-7633  from 10:00 am - 5:00 pm, Monday - Saturday and 12 - 4 pm on Sunday or visit www.211longisland.

What You Can Do
There are simple actions you can take to weatherize your home to save energy. Visit these partner web sites for more information:

PSEG Long Island:
Oil Heat Institute:
National Grid:

For more information, contact Lois Grant, project coordinator, at Project Warmth is a member of the National Fuel Fund Network.

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