What is New York HEAP/LIHEAP? – Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program
HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. HEAP program was started in 1981 and is funded by federal government. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a heating equipment repair and/or replacement benefit for homeowners with inoperable heating equipment.
HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.
Do You Qualify for HEAP New York?
To qualify for New York HEAP, you must be enrolled in a qualifying social service program (see below):
- Must be a resident of the state of New York
- Must need financial assistance for home energy costs
- You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamp) benefits or
- You receive Temporary Assistance or
- You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone)
- OR your income must be below 150% of the federal poverty guidelines.
Applications for regular HEAP benefits will be accepted beginning around November of the year.
Questions regarding the HEAP program should be directed to your local department of social services office or the NYS HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009. Want to see if you may be eligible? Complete a HEAP pre-screening on www.mybenefits.ny.gov
New York also provides Weatherization service for those who qualify.
Contact Information on New York HEAP:
Division of Employment and Transitional Supports
New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance
40 North Pearl Street
Albany, New York 12243-0001
TEL: (518) 485-8897
FAX: (518) 474-9347
WEB SITE: http://otda.ny.gov/main/programs/heap/
PUBLIC INQUIRIES: 1-800-342-3009