New York State has made new money available to help low-income families that fell behind on utility bills during the coronavirus pandemic.
As COVID-19’s Delta Variant continues to spread across the region — bringing kids home from school, putting families in a difficult situation with work — the Home Energy Assistance Program is growing.
Families who are eligible for HEAP, but not eligible for rental assistance are eligible for a one-time payment. That one time payment can be used to help keep utilities — like electric and gas on for the time being.
The state is tapping in to $150 million from the American Rescue Plan to make it happen.
Payments will be made over the next year. Officials say that the program will continue until money runs out, or September 2022.