Now open – Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
November 4, 2020
Regular HEAP Benefit
It’s getting cold New York! The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program that helps low-income homeowners and renters pay for utility and heating bills.
If you have received an electric, gas, or heating disconnect notice, you can apply for emergency financial help. You may also qualify for help if you have a low supply of heating fuel or a broken boiler or furnace.
The 2020-2021 Regular HEAP benefit season is open from November 2, 2020 through March 15, 2021. Recipients of HEAP benefits may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year to help pay for heating costs. Eligibility and benefits are based on income, household size, the primary heating source, and the presence of a household member who is under age 6, is age 60 or older or has a permanent disability. 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. HEAP recipients can use HEAP approval letters as documentation to support Con Ed reduced rate programs and Verizon Lifeline.
A household may be eligible for a regular benefit if:
· Clients and/or household members are United States Citizens or qualified immigrants and
· The household’s gross monthly income is at or below the current income guides or
· The applicant is
· in receipt of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or
· in receipt of Temporary Assistance or
· in receipt of Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone)
To apply, please contact 212-331-3126. Applications will soon be available on ACCESS HRA* to download and mail back to HRA. There is no need to come in to a Center. The completed application can be mailed back to HRA at:
*Please note, the HEAP application cannot be submitted through ACCESS HRA.
HEAP Application Assistance
While there is no need to come into an HRA Center to apply for HEAP, starting in November when the HEAP season opens, HRA will have representatives providing HEAP application assistance to potential clients in six FIA job centers and in four community sites. These representatives will provide assistance with completing applications and will forward to the HEAP central office for processing. Individuals applying for benefits can also drop off applications and documents at these locations.
HRA sites are listed below (open Monday – Friday 9 am – 5 pm):
Waverly Job Center
Coney Island Job Center
Rider Job Center
Crotona Job Center
Queens Job Center
Long Island City, NY 11101
Richmond Job Center
HRA representatives will also be located in the following community locations:
Boro Park Jewish Community Council(Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 am – 5 pm)
Margert Community Council (Mondays 9 am – 5 pm)
325 Beach 37th
Far Rockaway, NY 11691
Assemblyman Ron Kim’s Office (Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 am – 5 pm)
State Senator Leroy Comrie’s Office (Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am – 5 pm)
Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement Benefit
The 2020-2021 Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit season opened on October 1, 2020. For eligible homeowners, the Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit can help cover the cost to repair or replace a furnace, boiler and other direct heating equipment. Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to repair or replace a furnace, boiler, and/or other essential heating equipment, $3,000 for a repair and $6,500 for a replacement. Clients should call DSS at 212-331-3126. The in-person interview and application requirement is temporarily suspended.