Please Look into the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
It’s been another tough year. The last thing anyone wanted to see was rising energy prices on top of a still-lingering pandemic that just refuses to go away.
For many, this situation has caused financial hardships that make paying basic bills more difficult than usual.
If you think you will have trouble paying your heating bill this winter, please look into 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.
Resources for Financial Assistance
Here are some 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 residents, including:
What Are the HEAP Program Requirements?
To qualify for HEAP 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
- 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 pre-screening requirements.
How can I apply for HEAP?
For regular benefits, you can apply:
- Online at myBenefits.ny.gov
- In person at your HEAP Local District
- By mail (with completed HEAP application) to your HEAP Local District
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
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