The program will provide financial assistance to help low-income and elderly New Yorkers keep their homes warm in the winter months, the state said.
Households may also be eligible for an emergency benefit if they are in danger of running out of heating fuel, or having their utility service shut off. The state will begin accept applications for emergency benefits Monday, January 4, 2016. According to officials, households facing an energy emergency should call their local department of social services for assistance.
“The Home Energy Assistance Program is vital to helping struggling households afford the costs of heating their homes during the cold New York winters,” Gov. Cuomo stated. “It provides some much-needed relief, especially for low-income working families, as well as senior citizens on a fixed income. I encourage anyone in need of this assistance to apply before the coldest weather sets in.”
Eligible households can receive a one-time benefit of up to $625 this winter, depending upon income, household size and heating source, according to officials. A household of four can earn up to $51,792, or $4,316 a month, and still qualify for assistance.
HEAP is funded by the federal government, and overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
Visit http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap for additional information regarding the program.