Help for Home Heating Aid Applications Begins

ALBANY (AP) -

New York state residents will be able to apply for $372 million in federal home heating assistance starting Tuesday.

The Home Energy Assistance Program, or HEAP, helps lower- and middle-income people heat their homes. Applications will be accepted by local social service departments. Eligible household can receive a one-time regular HEAP benefit of up to $726.

Anyone living outside of New York City can apply for a regular HEAP benefit online at myBenefits.ny.gov. New York City residents can download the application and mail it in.

Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.