The Home Energy Assistance Program is making more than $338 million in federal funding available to help older adults and low and middle income New Yorkers heat their homes this winter.

Eligible homeowners and renters may receive assistance of up to $726 a month, depending on income, household size and how they heat their home.

A family of four may have a maximum gross monthly income of $4,797 or an annual gross income of $57,546 and still qualify for benefits.

"Cold weather can bring added hardship for low-income and working-class New Yorkers who are already struggling to make ends meet," Governor Andrew Cuomo said. "This funding provides them with a critical stop-gap to help them afford the cost of heating their homes during the late fall and winter months."

Applications for HEAP are being accepted statewide at local departments of social services.

Last year, nearly 1.5 million households received heating assistance through HEAP.