What is HEAP?

Home Energy Assistance Program

HEAP helps low-income New Yorkers pay their energy bills. If your bills are more than you can handle and your source of heat is Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood/Wood Pellets, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or Corn, HEAP may be able to help you.

To be eligible for HEAP, applicants must be US citizens or qualified aliens and meet HEAP income guidelines (see below) and pay directly for heating costs or pay rent that includes heating costs. HEAP benefit amounts will vary depending on your household income and may be available if your heat is included in your rent. HEAP benefits will assist in paying heating bills and are not intended to be the total source of payment for winter heating expenses. Federal income guidelines are subject to change annually.

2018-2019 Income Eligibility Guidelines
Household SizeMonthly
1$2,391
2$3,127
3$3,863
4$4,598
5$5,334
6$6,070
7$6,208
8$6,346
9$6,483
10$6,621
11$6,918
For each additional member, add:+$540

When applying for HEAP, applicants must provide all required documentation verifying identification of all household members, address, income, SS#, vendor relationship and vulnerability (age or disabled).

Regular HEAP benefits open in November each year with eligibility and benefits based on income, household size, the primary heating source and the presence of a household member who is under age 6, age 60 or older or permanently disabled. An eligible household may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year. Regular benefits for households that pay directly for heat based on actual usage are paid directly to the vendor that supplies the household’s primary source of heat.

A HEAP emergency benefit component assists individuals who are facing an energy-related emergency, such as a utility termination notice or less than a quarter tank/ten-day supply of fuel. If you are eligible, a HEAP emergency benefit may be issued in addition to your regular HEAP benefit, if the regular benefit has been exhausted.

Contact Info
Department of Human Services
t. 518-719-3555
f. 518-719-3798
Therese McGee Ward
Therese McGee Ward
Executive Director
Ken Brooks
Business Manager