More than $372 million dollars in assistance is being made available to help older adults and low-and middle-income New Yorkers heat their homes this winter.

Applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program will be accepted by local departments of social services beginning on Tuesday, November 13th.

Eligibility is based on income, household size and how the home is heated.

A household can receive a one-time regular HEAP benefit of up to $726 if they are eligible. Eligibility is based on income, household size and how the home is heated. A family of four can have a household income of up to $55,178 a year, or $4,598 a month, and still qualify for help.

"As cold winter weather approaches, this administration is steadfast in its commitment to assisting vulnerable New Yorkers struggling to pay their heating bills," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "Whether it's senior citizens on a fixed income, or low-income working families, this assistance will keep New Yorkers safe and help them avoid having to choose between buying food or paying their heating bill."

Last year, more than 1.4 million households received heating assistance through HEAP.