Applications for Emergency Home Heating Assistance Now Being Accepted

By WBNG News

Applications for Emergency Home Heating Assistance Now Being Accepted

January 2, 2013 Updated Jan 2, 2013 at 1:29 PM EST

(WBNG Binghamton) The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced that beginning today, January 2, eligible low-income New Yorkers who are in danger of having their heat shut off or running out of fuel, can apply for emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits.

According to a news release:

HEAP, overseen by OTDA, is a federally-funded program to help eligible households in meeting their home energy needs. Eligible households can receive one regular HEAP benefit per season, but may also be eligible for a one-time emergency HEAP benefit if they are in danger of running out of fuel or having their heat or heat-related utility service shut off.

Eligibility for emergency HEAP benefits is based on income, available resources, and the type of emergency. For example, a family of four can have a household income of $49,333 a year and may still qualify for a HEAP benefit.

More information can be found by calling the New York State HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009 or click here for a link to the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

New York residents can check if they may be eligible for HEAP, and numerous other benefits, by answering a few questions online at myBenefits.ny.gov.

Emergency HEAP benefit amounts are listed below:

Emergency HEAP Benefit Amounts for 2012-2013

Type of Emergency    Amount

Heat Related Domestic (electric service required to operate heating equipment)    $160

Natural Gas Heat Only    $400
Natural Gas Combined with Heat Related Domestic    $560

Electric Heat Combined with Heat Related Domestic    $560

Non-utility heating fuel (oil, kerosene, and propane)    $600

Non-utility heating fuel (wood, pellets, coal, corn, etc.)    $500