BUFFALO, NY (WKBW-TV) - Erie County residents could begin applying for the Home Energy Assistance Program Wednesday. HEAP is a federally funded program designed to help families with the costs of heating their homes.
Recent budget cuts made less money available for New York State. Last year $495 million was made available, but this year only $250 million, nearly a 50 percent decrease.
HEAP income eligibility guidelines and benefit amounts:
Household Size: Monthly Income At or Below:
A rally held in downtown Buffalo Wednesday morning focused on the elimination of the millionaires tax. Protesters say eliminating the millionaires tax would provide roughly a $5 billion tax cut to the wealthy while seeing necessary services be cut.
A petition with nearly four thousand signatures showing support for the millionaires tax will be presented to the governor's office Thursday in Albany.