ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) -- Millions of dollars have been made available for New Yorkers faced with a heating emergency to help weatherize their homes.
Governor Cuomo announced an additional $14.4 million has been secured in the Home Energy Assistance Program, otherwise known as "HEAP."
Households in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off will be able to apply for a second emergency benefit through the program beginning February 12th.
Officials say there has already been a 40% increase in requests compared to last year.
HEAP, overseen by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, is 100 percent federally funded. Applications for HEAP are accepted at local departments of social services in person or by telephone. A list of offices by county can be found here: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/contacts/
In addition to funding available for heating assistance, $14.4 million in federal HEAP funding has been provided to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority to grant weatherization services to thousands of additional households, through EmPower New York.
These services can reduce the amount of energy required to heat a home, reducing energy consumption, while minimizing the impact of higher fuel costs throughout the winter. More information, including how to apply, can be found here: https://www.nyserda.ny.gov/All-Programs/Programs/EmPower-New-York