This winter has been a cold one. With the cold temperatures comes a higher heat bill. Additional help is on the way for New Yorkers struggling to pay their heating bill.Governor Andrew Cuomo says that too many New Yorkers are having a hard time paying their heating bills. He said that those who need it can apply for a second emergency benefit through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) available now.

For those New York state residents who are having a hard time paying their heat bill or facing the chance that their heat will be shut off, this emergency benefit can help. A household income of up to $53,500 per year can qualify.

There has been a forty percent increase in requests for heating assistance this winter compared to last year. Even if you have received HEAP, you can apply for additional funding through this program.

To learn more and to apply, click here.