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Emergency HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)

Quick Facts
What is it?
The HEAP emergency benefit component assists low-income New Yorkers who are facing a heat or heat related energy emergency and do not have resources available to resolve the emergency.

What do I get?
Your household can receive between $160 to $350 per year depending on the type of utility or way in which you heat your house. You may also be eligible for Emergency HEAP if you are threatened with utility shut-off. Generally, HEAP benefits are paid directly to your energy company (Con Edison or Brooklyn Union).

How long do I get it?
You can continue receiving HEAP as long as you remain eligible. You'll have to re-certify for HEAP every year. Go to your local HEAP office to re-certify. Bring the documents listed in the 'What Do I Need to Bring...?' box when you apply.

Look Out
Funds for HEAP are limited. The program operates on a first come, first serve basis. This means that even if you qualify, you may not get HEAP because the program might run out of money for the year. So, apply for HEAP as soon as possible. You can apply for HEAP beginning in the fall of each year.

Updated 1/13/2012