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You can now apply for help with paying your heating bill

A hand holds a phone as they control an electronic thermostat mounted to a wall.
John Smith
A person utilizes an electronic thermostat using their phone.

New Yorkers who need help paying their heating bill can start applying for assistance.

This year, eligible households can receive up to $976 to help with heating costs through the Home Energy Assistance Program or HEAP. The higher-than-typical benefit comes as energy costs are expected to soar this year due to global energy prices and inflation. It’s estimated prices will go up 39% in Central New York. Many middle and low-income families as well as senior citizens qualify for assistance.

Applications for HEAP opened Tuesday and are available through the Onondaga County Office of Social Services.

Katie Zilcosky is WAER’s All Things Considered host and features reporter. She also co-hosts WAER’s public affairs show Syracuse Speaks. As a reporter, she focuses on technology, poverty, and identity.