Assemblyman Robert Oaks (R,C-Macedon) is reminding residents that applications may now be submitted for this year's Home Energy Assistance Program, and for the first time, all residents outside New York City can apply on line.
Previously, local residents did not have that ability. To apply, go to myBenefits.ny.gov to begin the process.
HEAP, which is overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), is a federally-funded program that provides up to $650 for eligible households to pay for energy costs in order to keep their homes warm during the winter.
Please remember that HEAP helps households that pay a high proportion of household income for energy. It assists the elderly and working families and people who might be temporarily in need to funds to pay their heating bills.
“Every winter season, this program is a critical resource for low-income families and senior citizens with fixed incomes in keeping their homes warm,” Assemblyman Oaks said.
Eligibility for HEAP is based on income and household size: 1, $2,175; 2, $2,844; 3, $3,513; 4, $4,182; 5, $4,852; 6, $5,521; 7, $5,646; 8, $5,772; 9, $5,897; 10, $6,023; 11, $6,461 and each additional add $503.
Eligible households can receive one regular HEAP benefit per season, but could also be eligible for an emergency HEAP benefit if they are in danger of running out of heating fuel or having their utility service shut off. Applications for emergency HEAP benefits will be accepted beginning Thursday, January 2, 2014. Households in an energy emergency situation should call their local department of social services for assistance.
In addition, the Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement Component of the Home Energy Assistance Program is available to help eligible low-income homeowners repair or replace furnaces, boilers and other direct heating components necessary to keep their home's primary heating source functional. Applications for this component must be made in person at the local department of social services.
New York residents can also check if they may be eligible for HEAP, and numerous other benefits, by answering a few questions online at myBenefits.ny.gov.
Last winter, more than 1.4 million households throughout New York State received HEAP benefits.
For more information about HEAP benefits, visit www.otda.ny.gov, or www.myBenefits.ny.gov.