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Additional funding for tens of thousands of New Yorkers faced with heating emergency

Staff Writer | February 7, 2018
Additional funding is available to help eligible New Yorkers heat their homes following severe low temperatures this winter.
New Yorkers heating
Empire State   Households in danger of running out of heating fuel
Households in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off will be able to apply for a second emergency benefit through the federal Home Energy Assistance Program beginning February 12.

There has already been a 40 percent increase in requests for emergency heating assistance compared to last year in many parts of the state that have experienced persistently cold temperatures this winter.

Normally, eligible households are able to receive one HEAP benefit and one emergency HEAP benefit each winter if faced with an energy crisis.

This year, households that have already received a regular and emergency benefit will be able to apply for additional funding. Households faced with the possibility of having a utility shut off, or running out of heating fuel without the means to replenish it, will be eligible.

The amount a household receives from HEAP depends on income, household size and how the home is heated. A family of four can earn up to $53,482 per year and still qualify for assistance. A needy household that heats with oil and qualifies for a regular HEAP benefit and two emergency benefits could receive more than $2,000 in total assistance this winter.

HEAP, overseen by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, is 100 percent federally funded. Applications for HEAP are accepted at local departments of social services in person or by telephone.