BOSTON (AP) — The city of Boston has started a new program to help senior citizens replace failing or inefficient heating systems before winter begins.

Under the “Seniors Save” program, eligible homeowners will receive a $3,500 grant toward upgrades to their heating systems. Additional funding is available up to $10,000 in the form of a zero percent interest, deferred loan, which will only be payable on the sale of the property, a refinance or transfer of the title.

To qualify, income-eligible seniors must be 60 years of age or older and must be the occupants of a residential one-to-four family property or condominium in Boston. The program is open to seniors whose income does not exceed 80 percent of median family income, as determined by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

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