NEW YORK (PIX11) — The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance began accepting applications for its Home Energy Assistance Program on Wednesday. 

HEAP will provide up to $976 to low-income, middle-income, and older households in New York that struggle with high energy costs, including heating bills during the winter months. Eligible households will receive a one-time payment during the winter season.

Eligibility for HEAP is dependent on income, household size, and other factors. A family of four may have a maximum monthly income of up to $5,800 to be considered for benefits. 

Applications for benefits will be open until Jan. 2, 2024. New Yorkers can get more information here.  

Matthew Euzarraga is a multimedia journalist from El Paso, Texas. He has covered local news and LGBTQIA topics in the New York City Metro area since 2021. He joined the PIX11 Digital team in 2023. You can see more of his work here.