State program offers help
Senior citizens and low-income New Yorkers who expect they will be challenged by heating bills this winter can apply for federal help through the Home Energy Assistance Program.
Eligibility is based on the combination of how the home is heated and the number of people in the household. For example, a family of four with an annual income of $55,178 may be eligible, and households with children under age 6 or adults ages 60 and older or those who are permanently disabled also may qualify. To check for eligibility, visit mybenefits.ny.gov. The program also offers one-time emergency assistance for those already enrolled.The Current is a nonprofit supported by its readers and provided free to the community. Please consider a tax-deductible contribution of $5 per month.