HEAP Application Period Opening Monday

ALBANY -

Applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program will be accepted beginning Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Thursday.

More than $325 million is available to help elderly and low- and moderate-income New Yorkers heat their homes this coming winter.

Eligible households can receive a one-time benefit of up to $626, depending on income, household size and heating source. A family of four can have a household income of up to $53,076 annually, or $4,423 a month, and still qualify for help.

Last winter, more than 1.4 million households received assistance from the federally-funded program. An application can be downloaded at myBenefits.ny.gov.

Households may also qualify for an emergency benefit if they are at risk of getting their heat shut off or running out of fuel. Applications for emergency benefits will be accepted beginning Jan. 3.