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ALBANY — New Yorkers struggling to heat their home can apply for additional assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program beginning next week, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday.
A total of $15 million will be available to anyone who has already applied for heating assistance and an emergency credit through the program this winter beginning Feb. 18.
"This additional funding will help ensure the most vulnerable among us will be able to stay warm this winter and I encourage anyone in need of help paying their heating bills to apply for this critical assistance," Cuomo said in a statement.
In years past, New Yorkers struggling to heat their home could only apply for assistance twice a year through the program: a one time regular credit and an emergency credit.
But this year, those who've already received both credits and are in danger of having their heat shut off or running out of fuel oil can apply for a third credit worth up to $2,200.
The deadline to apply for HEAP assistance has been extended through April 24, Cuomo said.
More than 1.2 million New Yorkers have already received HEAP assistance this winter and an additional 40,000 have applied for an emergency grant, the state said.
Last winter, more than 1.4 million New Yorkers applied for assistance through the program, including 100,817 in the Finger Lakes.
A total of 101,444 used the program in the Hudson Valley last year and another 52,569 utilized received assistance in the Southern Tier.
To find out if your household qualify's or to apply for assistance, visit mybenefits.ny.gov.