Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The NYS Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program that assists low-income New Yorkers in meeting their home energy needs. The HEAP program is comprised of Regular Benefit, Emergency Benefit, and Weatherization components.

More information on the HEAP program may be found on the OTDA website at www.otda.ny.gov/programs/heap or by contacting the Madison County Department of Social Services HEAP unit at (315) 366-2211.

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HEAP Program Components

HEAP Regular Benefit - 2013-14 HEAP season closed March 14, 2014.

HEAP Emergency Benefit - 2014 emergency HEAP season closed March 17, 2014.

HEAP Furnace Repair and Replacement - is closed and not currently available.

HEAP Cooling Component - opened May 1, 2014.

How to Apply
 


HEAP Regular Benefit

Dates: The Regular Benefit component of the 2013-14 HEAP season closes March 14, 2014.

HEAP may help you pay for electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal, or any other heating fuel.

Description:

Regular HEAP benefits are based on income and the primary fuel source. The presence of a household member who is under age 6, age 60 or older, or permanently disabled may increase the benefit amount. A household may receive one Regular HEAP Benefit per program year, paid directly to the vendor that supplies their main source of heat.

You may be eligible for a Regular Benefit if:

  • You are a United States citizen or qualified alien AND
  • Your income is at or below the current income guides for your household size as posted in the table below OR
  • You receive Food Stamps OR
  • You receive Temporary Assistance OR
  • You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI living alone)

Benefit Amounts:

Benefit
Amount
Living Situation
$1 Eligible households that live in government subsidized housing or a group home setting with heat included in their rent.
$20 or $25 Eligible households responsible for their shelter costs, but do not pay their vendor directly for heat based on actual usage.
$600 + applicable add-ons Eligible households that pay their vendor directly for heat based on their actual usage with their main source of heat being oil, kerosene, or propane as their non-utility fuel.
$500 + applicable add-ons Eligible households that pay their vendor directly for heat based on their actual usage with their main source of heat being wood, pellets, coal, or corn as their non-utility fuel.
$400 + applicable add-ons Eligible households that pay their vendor directly for heat based on their actual usage with their main source of heat being natural gas or electric heat provided by a PSC-regulated utility company or by a municipal electric company.

Regular HEAP Benefit Add-ons:

Benefit
Amount
Living Situation
+ $25 If the household's gross income is in the Tier 1 income range (i.e., at or below 130% of the Federal Poverty Level).
+ $25 If the household contains a vulnerable individual (i.e., household member who is age 60 or older, under age 6, or permanently disabled).

Income Guidelines:

Your total gross monthly income for your household size must be at or below the following:

Household Size Income Limit
1 $2,175
2 $2,844
3 $3,513
4 $4,182
5 $4,852
6 $5,521
7 $5,646
8 $5,772
9 $5,897
10 $6,023
11 $6,461
Each additional person Add $503

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HEAP Emergency Benefit

Dates: The Emergency Benefit component of the 2014 HEAP season closes March 17, 2014.

Description:

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.

Emergency HEAP benefits are based on income, available resources, the number of household members, primary fuel type, and the type of emergency. A household may be eligible to receive one emergency heating benefit for their main source of heat and one emergency heat-related benefit for their electric if their electric is necessary to run their thermostat.

You may be eligible for an Emergency Benefit if:

  • Your electricity is necessary for your heating system to work and is either shut off or scheduled to be shut off or
  • Your electric or natural gas heat is off or scheduled to be shut off or
  • You are out of fuel; or you have less than one-quarter tank of fuel oil, kerosene, or propane; or have less than a ten (10)-day supply of wood, wood pellets, corn, or other deliverable heat source or
  • If your essential applicant-owned heating equipment is inoperable

And

  • Your income is at or below the current income guidelines as posted in the table below or you receive Family Assistance, Safety Net Assistance, Food Stamps or Code A Supplemental Security Income.
  • The heating and/or electric bill is in your name and
  • Your available resources are:
  • Less than $2,000 if no member of your household is age 60 or older; or
  • Less than $3,000 if any member of your household is age 60 or older.
  • If you are applying for a heating equipment repair or replacement, your available liquid resources cannot be more than the cost of the repair or replacement.

Benefit Amounts:

Category Benefit Amount
Heat-related domestic (electric service required to operate heating equipment) $125
Natural gas heat only $200
Natural gas combined with heat-related domestic $325
Electric heat combined with heat-related domestic $325
Non-utility heating fuel (oil, kerosene, and propane) $550
Non-utility heating fuel (wood, pellets, coal, corn, etc.) $250

Income Guidelines:

Your total gross monthly income for your household size must be at or below the following:

Household Size Income Limit
1 $2,175
2 $2,844
3 $3,513
4 $4,182
5 $4,852
6 $5,521
7 $5,646
8 $5,772
9 $5,897
10 $6,023
11 $6,461
Each additional person Add $478

To be eligible for HEAP emergency benefits, the household's gross monthly income must not exceed the above amounts. In addition, the household must be in an energy situation, which is defined as having less than a quarter tank of fuel, less than a 10-day supply of wood, coal, pellets or having heat-related utility service terminated or scheduled for termination. 

Please contact us at 315-366-2211 to apply or inquire.

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HEAP Furnace Repair and Replacement

The Furnace Repair and Replacement component of the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is closed and not currently available.

Description:

The Furnace Repair and Replacement Component of the Home Energy Assistance Program is not available to help low-income home owners repair or replace furnaces, boilers and other direct heating components necessary to keep the home's primary heating source functional.

Benefit Amounts:

Benefit amounts are no longer funded  to replace or repair the applicant's furnace, boiler, and/or other essential heating equipment necessary to keep the home's primary heating source operational.

If you are in need of furnace replacement/repair, please call 315-366-2211.

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HEAP Cooling Component

HEAP cooling component opened May 1, 2014.  Read more>>

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How to Apply

You may apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program by mail, in person at your local social services office, over the phone, or over the Internet.

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More Information

More information on the HEAP program may be found on the OTDA website.

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