NEW YORK (WWTI) – Winter can be a difficult time for individuals and families trying to pay their bills and keep their homes warm.
According to the New York Civil Service Commission, electricity and natural gas bills are expected to be higher for the 2021-2022 winter season than last year, with natural gas expected to rise on average by about 21% in statewide. Propane has also increased about 30% since last winter, according to the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority’s propane price dashboard.
What is HEAP?
New York’s Home Energy Assistance Program helps low-income people cover the cost of heating their homes. Qualified applicants may receive a regular HEAP benefit per season and may also be eligible for an emergency HEAP benefit if they are in imminent danger of running out of fuel or having their utility cut. The emergency HEAP benefit for the current season will begin on January 3, 2022.
The application period for this season opened in October and continues through the winter until program funding runs out. HEAP can help people who heat their homes with electricity, natural gas, fuel oil, coal, propane, wood or wood pellets, kerosene and corn.
Am I eligible?
You may be eligible if:
- You and your household members are US citizens, non-citizen US nationals, or qualified aliens; and
- You provide a valid social security number for each member of the household; and
- You receive benefits from the supplementary nutritional assistance program, temporary assistance or supplementary security income; Where
- Your monthly household income is equal to or less than the HEAP income guidelines.
- You may be eligible for HEAP even if you:
- Own your home
- Pay for heating as part of your rent
- Have money in the bank, stocks, bonds or other resources
HEAP Monthly Income Limits 2021-2022
In order to meet the income requirements, your total gross monthly household income for your household size must be equal to or less than the following guidelines:
|Household size||Maximum gross monthly income|
|Each additional||Add $ 568|
How can I apply?
New York residents living outside of New York City can apply online through the official New York State website.
HEAP applicants will need the following to apply for assistance:
- Proof of residence with one of the following:
- Rent receipt with address
- Copy of the lease with address
- Water, sewer or tax bill
- Home insurance policy
- Mortgage payment receipt
- Utility bill
- A current fuel or utility bill, or a statement from your landlord that your heat and / or utilities are included in your rent.
- Recent pay stubs to provide proof of current total monthly income for all household members.
- For each person in your household, you will need one of the following:
- ID photo
- Driving license
- Birth certificate or baptismal certificate
- School reports
- Documents attesting to a disability for anyone in your household
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