On Wednesday U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand announced the release of $343 million in heating and home energy assistance funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS).
The two Senators had joined a bipartisan group of 46 Senators in urging HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell to release Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding as quickly as possible, to ensure more families can access the resources they need to heat their homes this winter.
According to Schumer and Gillibrand, without these federal resources, households nationwide may have been subject to cuts in federal heating aid during this year’s winter months.
New York State has received over $300 million in LIHEAP funding each fiscal year for the last seven years.
In order to qualify for this benefit program, you must be a resident of the state of New York and you must need financial assistance for home energy costs.
For more infomation, visit the LIHEAP website.