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Governor Cuomo Announces $338 Million in Funding for Home Heating Aid to Keep New Yorkers Safe During Cold Winter Months

Applications for Funding from the Home Energy Assistance Program Now Being Accepted Homeowners and Renters Can Apply for Heating Assistance During Cold Weather Months.

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Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced that applications for home heating assistance will be accepted throughout New York State. Administered by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the Home Energy Assistance Program is making more than $338 million in federal funding available to help older adults and low and middle income New Yorkers heat their homes this winter.

"Cold weather can bring added hardship for low-income and working-class New Yorkers who are already struggling to make ends meet," Governor Cuomo said. "This funding provides them with a critical stop-gap to help them afford the cost of heating their homes during the late fall and winter months."

Eligible homeowners and renters may receive assistance of up to $726 per month, depending on income, household size and how they heat their home. A family of four may have a maximum gross monthly income of $4,797 or an annual gross income of $57,546 and still qualify for benefits.

New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Mike Hein said, "No New Yorker should have to choose between feeding their families, paying for medical care or heating their homes during the cold weather months. The Home Energy Assistance Program helps lower the brunt of utility costs for hundreds of thousands of households across New York that are living from one paycheck to the next. All eligible homeowners and renters should consider applying for this critical assistance that can help them avoid financial insecurity."

New York State Office for the Aging Acting Director Greg Olsen said, "Cold temperatures can be a challenge for everyone, but can be particularly dangerous for older adults. Access to heating assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program is critical to helping lower-income and older New Yorkers remain healthy and safe in their homes during winter months."

Applications are accepted statewide at local departments of social services and, for New Yorkers living outside of New York City, also online at myBenefits.ny.gov.

Last year, nearly 1.5 million households received heating assistance through HEAP. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Additionally, households that have already received assistance may qualify for a one-time emergency HEAP benefit if they are at risk of having their heat shut off or running out of fuel, and do not have sufficient resources to resupply. Applications for emergency benefits will be accepted starting on Thursday, January 2. Anyone in need of emergency assistance should contact their local department of social services.

Last year, HEAP provided critical assistance to New Yorkers in every part of the state:

Region Households Served 2018-19
Capital District 58,105
Central New York 59,123
Finger Lakes 100,817
Long Island 71,522
Mid-Hudson 101,444
Mohawk Valley 45,031
New York City 837,983
North Country 36,571
Southern Tier 52,569
Western New York 130,957
Total 1,494,122

Help is now available to assist eligible homeowners if their primary heating equipment is unsafe or not operating. Homeowners can apply to have their furnace or boiler repaired or replaced through the HEAP Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement program. Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to repair or replace the essential heating equipment - up to $3,000 for a repair and $6,500 for a replacement. Eligible homeowners can also apply now for a HEAP Heating Equipment Clean and Tune benefit to keep their home's primary heating source working at peak efficiency. Applicants for these benefits should contact their local department of social services for more information.