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New York State Receives Additional Home Heating Assistance Funding

Program Will Accept Applications until Mid-May

April 14, 2011 - The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that the federal government recently released additional Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding, pushing New York’s total for the 2010-11 winter season to more than $505 million. This additional funding ensures that New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will continue to accept applications into mid-May.

“With signs of spring finally greeting us, it’s important to recognize that the heating season continues for many parts of our state for several more weeks,” said OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin. “HEAP is vital to helping low-income households who are having trouble affording the cost of heating their homes at a time when energy prices have grown significantly over last year, and have continued to climb in recent months.”

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services recently released $311 million in LIHEAP funding to states, providing an additional $5.1 million for New York to help meet the energy needs of low-income New Yorkers. That brings New York’s total for the 2010-11 HEAP season to more than $505 million, which includes $26 million in LIHEAP contingency funding released earlier this year.

HEAP is a federally-funded program administered through OTDA. The HEAP season officially opened November 1.

Income-eligible households in New York can receive one regular HEAP benefit per season and could also be eligible for up to two emergency benefits if they are in impending danger of running out of fuel or having their utility service shut off. More than 1.3 million households have already received help from HEAP this winter.

New York residents can also check to see if they may be eligible for HEAP, and numerous other benefits, by answering a few questions quickly and anonymously online at myBenefits.ny.gov.

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