Households may begin applying for heating assistance on Nov. 18, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced today.
The state’s Home Energy Assistance Program will provide up to $650 for eligible households to help pay for heating costs during the winter season. Earlier this week, the AARP released a report predicting a rise in energy costs this winter.
Last winter more than 1.4 million households received heating assistance benefits.
“Every winter season, this program is a critical resource for low-income families and senior citizens with fixed incomes in keeping their homes warm,” Cuomo said in a statement.
The federally funded program is run by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. The amount of benefits awarded varies on income and household size. Households may only apply for one Home Energy Assistance program benefit per season.
For a household of two, the maximum monthly gross income to receive help is $2,844. For a family of four, it’s $4,182 a month.
Households who are in danger of running out of fuel or having their energy service turned off may apply for emergency Home Energy Assistance Program; even those with regular benefits may apply for the emergency benefits if they are at risk.
Households may apply for the Emergency Home Energy Assistance program starting Jan. 2.
“As cold weather sets in, energy consumption and the resulting utility bills rise, leaving many New Yorkers looking for help,” state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Kristin Proud said in a statement.
Households can check eligibility for assistance at: www.mybenefits.ny.gov.
For more information on the program visit: www.otda.ny.gov