The Governor’s Office says $15 million in additional funding is now available to help eligible New Yorkers heat their homes following all the severe weather over the past month.
Starting today (February 19), households in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off may apply for a second emergency benefit through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
Households are ordinarily only eligible to receive one regular HEAP benefit each winter, and then one emergency HEAP benefit in the event of an energy crisis.
The application period for both regular and emergency HEAP benefits will also be extended until April 26.
More than 35,000 households have sought assistance through the program so far this year.
Overseen by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, HEAP is 100 percent federally funded. Applications for emergency HEAP are accepted at local departments of social services in person or by telephone.