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Weatherization program for qualified residents

Friday, October 28, 2011

CLIFFSIDE PARK - As the calendar begins to move towards winter, many Cliffside Park residents might be wondering if they can endure another harsh winter like the last one.

Cliffside Park Mayor Gerald Calabrese has announced a free weatherization assistance program for many Cliffside Park residents in order to better equip people with the necessary resources to withstand the winter.

"As we move into another winter, it is important that qualified residents look toward applying to the weatherization assistance program for help. Participation in this program could help significantly reduce utility costs for an average homeowner," he said.

According to Calabrese, the program is part of a national effort to help homeowners and tenants improve the energy efficiency of their homes. The program is administered locally by Bergen County Community Action Partnership.

"Qualified residents are urged to participate in this program. If you are having trouble keeping your residence warm during the winter and cool in the summer, this program might be useful in curtailing energy costs," he said.

The program works as follows. Residents must make sure they meet the below income requirements:

Income Guidelines

Yearly Gross Family

Income Size

$21,780 1

$29,420 2

$37,060 3

$44,700 4

$52,340 5

$59,980 6

$67,620 7

$75,260 8

For family units of more than eight members, add $3,820 for each member. If slightly over the limit or not sure what the overall annual income is, fill out the application and allow BCCAP to determine if eligible.

Veterans who are receiving cash benefits and recipients of Temporary Assistance to Needy Families automatically qualify.

Pick up an application at Borough Hall in the mayor's office, 525 Palisades Ave., Cliffside Park, or at the Bergen County Community Action Partnership office located at 241 Moore St., Hackensack.

Return a completed application as quickly as possible to the BCCAP office. Any questions regarding the program can be answered by calling 201-457-0021.