New York State is offering help with heating bills again this year through HEAP, the Home Energy Assistance Program. Eligible renters or homeowners can receive as much as $626 in assistance, depending on their source of heat and the income and size of household.
In 2015, more than 1.4 million households received benefits from HEAP. The financial assistance, which is federally funded, can be used to help cover the costs of electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal or other heating fuels, and in some cases for home heating repairs.
Eligibility depends on such factors as income, household size, primary heating source and whether a member of the household is under the age of 6, over the age of 60, or permanently disabled. This winter, a family of four with a household income of as much as $53,076 annually, or $4,423 a month, can qualify for help.
Assistance is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. Further details can by found at mybenefits.ny.gov or by calling 1-800-342-3009.