Emergency HEAP assistance available
HEAP, overseen by the OTDA, is a federally-funded program that helps eligible households meet their home energy needs. Eligible households may 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 can be found at www.otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/HEAP-contacts.pdf. More information can also be found by calling the New York state HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.
New York residents can check if they may be eligible for HEAP and other benefits online at www.mybenefits.ny.gov.