Beginning Monday New York will begin accepting applications for home heating assistance. According to officials the Home Energy Assistance Program is making $327 million in federal funding available to eligible older New Yorkers and low- and moderate-income New Yorkers to help cover heating costs. Eligible applicants can receive assistance of up to $726 depending on income, household size, and how the home is heated. Applications are accepted at local departments of social services or online at myBenefits.ny.gov. Households may qualify for an emergency benefit if they are at risk of getting their heat shut off or running out of fuel. Applications for emergency benefits will be accepted beginning January 2. Anyone in need of emergency assistance should contact their local department of social services.