Hochul Announces Additional HEAP Benefit to Help New Yorkers Save on Energy Cost

J.M. Lesinski

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New York State Governor Kathy Hochul recently announced the availability of a second emergency benefit through New York state’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to help New Yorkers save on their home energy bills.

“We are at the peak of this winter season which can lead to higher heat and energy bills, and my administration will continue to take action to make utilities more affordable in New York,” Hochul stated of the funding. “It is important for New Yorkers to take advantage of the State’s cost assistance and residential programs to help reduce these energy costs. Following these tips can help save money and protect our vulnerable populations during the cold season.”

Overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), HEAP-eligible households usually receive a single emergency credit, in addition to their regular HEAP benefits as well.

“Cold temperatures and high energy prices have combined to make this a difficult winter for some of our most vulnerable residents as they struggle with the cost of heating their homes,” remarked Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Daniel W. Tietz of the announcement. “Without this additional assistance, many New Yorkers would find themselves with nowhere else to turn in an emergency situation.”

Applications for emergency HEAP benefits will be taken at local social services departments in-person, or by phone.

"With us in the midst of the year's coldest months and parts of the State being impacted by winter weather events, this simple advice on how to reduce home heating costs could not be more timely,” Homes and Community Renewal Commissioner RuthAnne Visnauskas noted of the announcement. “I encourage everyone to look into implementing these energy efficiency and weatherization measures that will reduce energy consumption and lower costs at their own homes."

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