ALBANY – Governor Andrew Cuomo Wednesday announced that those in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off can now apply for a second emergency benefit through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
The additional assistance is being made available in light of the prolonged cold weather and additional federal funding awarded to the state.
Normally, eligible households can receive one regular HEAP benefit per season and could also be eligible for a single emergency HEAP benefit if they face an energy emergency situation.
Households that have already received a regular benefit and an emergency benefit can now apply for a second emergency benefit if they find themselves in a crisis situation.
Applications for regular and emergency HEAP benefits will be accepted through Friday, March 27.
New Yorkers can find contact information for their county department of social services at http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/HEAP-contacts.pdf.