New York State Residents Can Get Almost $1,000 In Heating Assistance
New Yorkers who need help paying their heating bills this winter can get money from the state now. Governor Kathy Hochul announced that the state's heating assistance program is currently accepting applications. The Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as HEAP, opened for the 2022-2023 winter season on Tuesday, November 1, 2022. Low- and middle-income residents and seniors can apply to receive up to $976 in aid. Gov. Hochul said,
We remain committed to ensuring our most vulnerable New Yorkers have access to assistance and programs that will help address rising costs for heating their homes this winter. The Home Energy Assistance Program is a vital lifeline for countless New York families, and I encourage all who are eligible to apply for these benefits which will provide much-needed financial relief.
The assistance payments are distributed by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. New Yorkers who need help can receive one regular benefit per season. If a household is at risk of losing its heat due to a utility shut-off, it could also be eligible for an emergency benefit. Emergency benefits applications will be accepted starting January 3, 2023.
New York residents outside of the City can apply here. NYC residents can apply here.
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$60 Million In Heating Assistance Available For Low-Income New Yorkers
On Friday, October 7, U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced the emergency supplemental Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding. LIHEAP is a federal program that helps residents pay for their heating bills. Starting on November 1, New Yorkers can apply for assistance online at myBenefits.ny.gov.
Senator Gillibrand said,
Today, I’m proud to be delivering an estimated $60 million in emergency supplemental LIHEAP funding for our state. I fought for this additional money to ensure that New Yorkers who rely on LIHEAP assistance have what they need to heat their homes all winter and I will keep fighting to make sure every New Yorker can afford essentials and stay safe and warm.
- New York state’s one-time Electric & Gas Bill Relief credit program - customers currently in the arrears from a bill prior to May 1, 2022, have up until December 31, 2022, to apply for assistance to get caught up before winter (click here).
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