Low-income New Yorkers who are in danger of having their heat shut off or running out of fuel, can apply for emergency Home Energy Assistance Program benefits.
HEAP, overseen by the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, is a federally funded program to help eligible households in meeting their home energy needs. Eligible households can receive one regular HEAP benefit per season, but may also be eligible for a one-time emergency HEAP benefit if they are in danger of running out of fuel or having their heat or heat-related utility service shut off.
Eligibility for emergency HEAP benefits is based on income, available resources, and the type of emergency. For example, a family of four can have a household income of $49,333 a year and may still qualify for a HEAP benefit.
A complete list of where to apply locally may be found at otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/HEAP-contacts.pdf. More information may also be found by calling the New York State HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.