Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s office announced Wednesday that additional funding is available for New York residents to heat their homes.
Households in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utilities shut off can apply for a second emergency benefit through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) beginning Monday, Feb. 12.
According to Cuomo, there has been a 40 percent increase in requests for emergency heating assistance compared to last year because of the persistently cold temperatures.
"The availability of this funding will help keep our most vulnerable New Yorkers warm and safe this winter,” Cuomo said in a news release. "New York is suffering a one-two-punch this season with cold temperatures and rising energy prices, and I am encouraging all eligible New Yorkers to apply for assistance."
The amount of HEAP assistance given to a household depends on income, household size and how the home is heated. Cuomo says that a needy household that heats with oil, qualifies for regular HEAP benefits and qualifies for two emergency benefits could receive more than $2,000 in assistance this winter.
HEAP applications are accepted at local departments of social services in person or by telephone. For a list of locations where you can apply for HEAP benefits, click here.
An additional $14.4 million is also available through EmPower New York to help New Yorkers weatherize their homes, which can help reduce the amount of energy required to heat their home. For more information, click here.