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Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Quick Facts
What is it?
HEAP is a New York State program that provides cash assistance to low-income families and senior citizens to help with their home energy costs, such as fuel, heating and electricity bills. There are three HEAP programs: Emergency Assistance, Regular Assistance and Furnace Repair and Replacement. Applicants for Emergency and Regular HEAP benefits may submit their forms from November 1st through the end of March. Furnace Repair and Replacement applications are accepted year-round.

What do I get?
Your household can receive between $20 and $450 per year depending on income, family size and heating source (your household can receive additional HEAP money if it contains a vulnerable individual - a household member who is age 60 or older, under age 6 or permanently disabled). 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). If your energy costs are included in your rent, you can still get HEAP but your benefit will be lower and you will receive the HEAP payment directly.

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 12/02/2011