Governor Announces Home Energy Assistance Program Opening November 18November 14, 2013 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that households across the state can begin applying for heating assistance this winter through New York's Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) on Monday, November 18. HEAP, which is overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), is a federally-funded program that provides up to $650 for eligible households to pay for energy costs in order to keep their homes warm during the winter.
For the first time, anyone living outside of New York City who is seeking a regular HEAP benefit, which assists households that pay a high proportion of household income for energy, will be able to submit applications online at https://mybenefits.ny.gov starting on November 18.
"As temperatures begin to drop, the State's Home Energy Assistance Program is available to help New Yorkers meet heating costs," Governor Cuomo said. "Beginning Monday, households across the state can begin applying and with the introduction of the online application, it is now easier than ever for people outside of New York City to apply for HEAP. Every winter season, this program is a critical resource for low-income families and senior citizens with fixed incomes in keeping their homes warm. I urge New Yorkers who need heating assistance in the coming months to apply this season."
For more information, go to: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/.