ALBANY – Households that need help paying their heating bills this winter can now begin applying for assistance from the Home Energy Assistance Program. The program provides financial assistance to help low-income and elderly New Yorkers keep their homes warm in the winter months.
The Home Energy Assistance Program is funded by the federal government and is overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.
Eligible households can receive a one-time benefit of up to $625 this winter depending upon income, household size and heating source. For the upcoming season, a household of four can earn up to $51,792, or $4,316 a month, and still qualify for assistance.
Last winter, 1.48 million households received benefits through the program. Including 143,000 in Western New York.
To apply for Home Energy Assistance benefits online, visit myBenefits.ny.gov or call 1-800-342-3009.