As energy prices continue to rise, HEAP will provide assistance to more than one million New York State households.
"We have single individuals who apply for HEAP, large families, retired couples. It really is a benefit that is available to everybody in the community based on their income," said Nancy Forgue, Financial Assistance Operations Director.
The program, which started accepting applications Monday, helps low-income and elderly New Yorkers keep their homes warm during the harsh winter months.
"The need is always great in a state like New York where we do have a significant cold weather and folks do spend a fair amount of their income meeting their heating expenses. It's a great benefit for consumers," said Forgue.
It's a benefit that Monroe County residents can get based on income and household size. The benefits are awarded until the state runs out of funds. The program goes until March.