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Emergency home heating help available

Eligible low-income New Yorkers who are in danger of having their heat shut off or running out of fuel can now apply for emergency Home Energy Assistance Program benefits.

The program, which is overseen by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, is a federally-funded program to help eligible households in meeting their home energy needs. Eligible households can receive one regular HEAP benefit per season, but may also be eligible for a one-time emergency HEAP benefit.

Eligibility for emergency HEAP benefits is based on income, available resources, and the type of emergency. For example, a family of four can have a household income of $49,333 a year and may still qualify for a HEAP benefit.

A complete list of where to apply locally can be found at otda.ny.gov. More information can also be found by calling the New York State HEAP Hotline at 1 (800) 342-3009.