Late last month, New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr. announced applications are now being accepted for home heating assistance throughout New York State. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is making $327 million in federal funding available to low-and-moderate-income New Yorkers to help cover heating costs.
Applications for HEAP are being accepted at otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/contacts/#_blank.
Eligible households can receive assistance up to $726 based on income, household size and how the home is heated. A family of four can have a household income of up to $55,178 a year, or $4,598 a month, and still qualify for help. Households that have already received assistance may also qualify for a one-time emergency HEAP benefit if they are at risk of having their heat shot off or are running out of fuel by contacting their local department of social services.
Last year on Long Island, 66,147 households received assistance through HEAP.