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

HEAP Cooling Assistance Component Opens May 2

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Cooling Assistance Component (CAC) will open on May 2, 2016. The HEAP CAC program provides for the purchase and installation of air conditioners and fans. The HEAP CAC is available for HEAP eligible households with at least one individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by extreme heat. The program is open until August 31, 2016 or until funds are exhausted, whichever comes first. Any household that received a HEAP benefit of at least $21 during the current program year or currently receives Temporary Assistance can fill out the Cooling Application and submit it to their local department of social services. Households that have not received HEAP and are not currently receiving Temporary Assistance must complete both the HEAP application and the Cooling Application. Applications for the Cooling Assistance Component cannot be submitted online through My Benefits.

Home Energy Assistance Program Now Open

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) opened for the 2015-2016 heating season on November 16, 2015. HEAP is a federally funded program that helps low-income households with the cost of heating their homes during the winter months.

Eligible households can receive a one time benefit of up to $625 this winter depending on income, household size and composition and home heating type.

An additional Emergency Benefit may also be available for households that are in danger of running out of fuel or having their utility service shut off. Applications for the Emergency Benefit will be accepted starting January 4, 2016.

Applications for HEAP can be submitted online through My Benefits or by filling out the paper application and mailing it to the HEAP certifier in your county.

More information about the HEAP program can be found here.