ALBANY The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin accepting applications for regular benefits on Monday, Nov. 19. HEAP, overseen by OTDA, provides assistance to help low-income and elderly New Yorkers keep their homes warm in the winter months.
HEAP is a federally-funded program to help eligible households in meeting their home energy needs.
This winter, the maximum regular HEAP benefit a household can receive is $650. Eligibility for HEAP is based on income and household size. For example, a family of four can have a household income of $49,333 a year and still qualify for a HEAP benefit.
Eligible households can receive one regular HEAP benefit per season, but may also be eligible for an emergency HEAP benefit if they are in danger of running out of fuel or having their utility service shut off. Applications for emergency HEAP benefits will be accepted beginning Jan. 2.Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as HEAP benefits are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications for regular benefits will be accepted through at least March 15.
New York residents can check if they may be eligible for HEAP, and numerous other benefits, by answering a few questions online at myBenefits.ny.gov. Last winter, 1.5 million households received HEAP benefits.