City launches heating program to assist seniors

The City last month launched Seniors Save, a program that will help financially eligible seniors replace failing or inefficient heating systems before winter begins, according to a press release.

Replacing an aging heating system with a new energy efficient system can significantly lower the risks of heating emergencies during the winter and also reduce energy bills. The mayor hopes that this will allow seniors to expand their budgets for other necessities and increase safety.

“With a very difficult winter last year and fall fast approaching, we want to make sure our seniors are warm and safe this winter,” said Mayor Martin Walsh, according to the press release. “Seniors living on fixed incomes may not always be able to afford improvements to their heating systems. I’m proud that the City of Boston will be able to provide this additional resource for our residents.”

To qualify, seniors 60 years of age or older must occupy a residential one-to-four family residential home in the city and must meet certain financial requirements. Eligible homeowners will receive a $3,500 grant towards upgrades to their heating systems. Additional funding is also available up to $10,000 in the form of a 0 percent interest deferred loan.

Applications must be submitted by Oct. 31 to be considered. To learn more about Seniors Save, call 617-365-4663 or visit

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