(WKTV) - The state's Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) has received an additional $50.6 million in funding, Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-Utica, said.
The federally funded program provides up to $650 in assistance for eligible homes that would otherwise be unable to afford the cost of heat. The program is administered on a first-come, first-served basis.
The benefit component of HEAP helps lower-income New Yorkers pay for electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal or any other heating fuel. Eligibility is based on a range of factors, including income, household size, the primary heating source and the presence of a household member under age 6, over age 60 or permanently disabled.
HEAP also provides emergency benefits for New Yorkers facing a home heating crisis, such as a danger of having service cut off or having an inoperable system. HEAP can also assist low-income homeowners with repairs or replacing damaged equipment such as furnaces, boilers or other direct-heating components.
For more information and details on eligibility, Oneida County residents can call the Department of Social Services at 798-5559. Herkimer County residents may call the Office for the Aging at 867-1195. Residents can review eligibility by visiting mybenefits.ny.gov.