Home Energy Assistance Program

About the Program

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally-funded seasonal program which assists eligible households with home heating costs and heat related electric needs. This year HEAP opens on November 14, 2016. To learn more about the program, view the HEAP Grant Guidelines (PDF).
The Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement Component of the Home Energy Assistance Program is available to help eligible low income home owners repair or replace furnaces, boilers and other direct heating components necessary to keep the home’s primary heating source functional. The Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement Component of the 2016-17 HEAP season opens November 7, 2016.

Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to replace or repair the applicants' furnace, boiler, and/or other essential heating equipment necessary to keep the home's primary heating source operational, up to a maximum of $6,500.

To receive a benefit, an application must be made in person at the local Department of Social Services and the applicant must receive a determination from the local Department of Social Services that the applicant has met all established eligibility criteria, including established income and resource requirements. Benefits are paid directly to vendors after completion of all work for previously approved applications only. 

Eligibility & Applications

Federal benefit levels have changed for the 2016-2017 heating season. Most Temporary Assistance and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) cases open as of September 2016 will be eligible for a HEAP grant and these individuals can receive HEAP benefits through their open cases. Most cases opened after this date will need to fill out an application.

Applications for HEAP can be made electronically at https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/ or at the local Department of Social Services.