Home Energy Assistance Program Opens November 14

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded energy program intended to provide assistance to low income households in meeting their immediate home energy needs. Eligible households can receive a one time benefit toward their home heating costs and may also be eligible for an additional emergency benefit. The program will begin accepting applications on November 14, 2016 and end on March 15, 2017, or when funding is exhausted. The HEAP application will be available through http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/ beginning November 14, 2016. Applications can also be completed through My Benefits. Eligibility for benefits is based on income, household size, type of heating and composition of household members. Additional benefits may be available to households with children under 6, adults over 60 or a permanently disabled household member.

The HEAP Emergency component will be available beginning January 3, 2017.

Income guidelines, 2016-2017 benefit amounts and Emergency HEAP eligibility guidelines can be found here