It’s been quite a year for all of us – one full of challenges that have had a great impact on our lives. For many, that impact has taken the form of financial hardships that make paying for basic bills more difficult than usual.
If you think you will have trouble paying your heating bill this winter, consider applying for assistance from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP, also known as LIHEAP) – you could be eligible for financial help to get you through this tough time.
Financial Help With Home Heating Common Questions
Here are three common questions and answers about HEAP to help you get the application process started.
- What is HEAP? HEAP is a federal program that helps low-income households with their home energy bills. HEAP offers several types of help for eligible, including Regular and Emergency benefits, Heating Repair or Replacement benefits, and Clean and Tune Benefits.
- What are the HEAP program requirements? To qualify for LIHEAP in Suffolk County, you must be a resident of NY State with a monthly household income (before taxes) that must not exceed the amounts indicated here.
HEAP eligibility and benefits are based on:
- 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.
To find out if you may be eligible and apply for HEAP and other programs and services, visit this NY State eligibility page for prescreening requirements.
- How can I apply for HEAP?
- For REGULAR benefits, you can apply:
- For EMERGENCY benefits, you can apply by phone or in person at your HEAP Local District
- For Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefits, you must apply in person at your HEAP Local District
- For HEAP Clean and Tune benefits, call your HEAP Local District and ask for an application