STATEWIDE -- Families can now start applying for the emergency Home Energy Assistance Program.
The program is for New Yorkers who are in danger of having their heat shut off or who are running out of fuel.
Eligibility is based on income and type of emergency.
For more information, call the New York State HEAP hotline at 1-800-342-3009 or visit otda.ny.gov. New York residents can check if they may be eligible for HEAP, and numerous other benefits, by answering a few questions online at myBenefits.ny.gov