Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)



The Home Energy Assistance Program can help you with heating and utility costs and certain essential heating equipment repairs. You may be able to get Home Energy Assistance if:

  • You receive Temporary Assistance
  • You receive Food Stamp Benefits
  • Your income is at or below current guidelines
  • You receive Supplemental Security Income (SSI)
Regular HEAP opens on November 13, 2018.
Emergency HEAP opens on January 2, 2019.


Once HEAP opens, you may apply for HEAP online at www.mybenefits.ny.gov. Applying on-line is easy; applications are received by the agency right away, and allow the applicant to track the application and benefits.

Most individuals or families receiving either Temporary Assistance or SNAP benefits on September 19, 2018 will receive a one-time Regular HEAP benefit through that case and do not need to apply separately.

It is very important for you to keep current on your utility bills.
If you fall behind prior to HEAP opening you should contact the company and try to make some arrangement for payment.

  • Non-heating electric shut offs cannot be paid with Regular HEAP Benefits
  • All interviews can be done over the phone as long as a HEAP application has been filed either through www.myBenefits.ny.gov or in paper form with the agency.
  • You should not wait until you are out of fuel to apply for HEAP.  Let us know when you are low on fuel (less than a quarter tank).  Non-utility fuel companies may charge a delivery fee if they deliver "off route" because you are out of fuel. This charge is deducted from your HEAP grant, so you will receive less fuel from your HEAP grant.
  • If you have a shut off notice on your natural gas or electric, contact us prior to being shut off. If your service is shut off, the company does not have to accept the HEAP grant to turn it back on.
Livingston County resident that are unable to apply online may request an application be mailed by calling (585) 243-7300 and asking for a HEAP application. HEAP applications are mailed and accepted starting November 13th at:

Livingston County Department of Social Services
1 Murray Hill Drive
Mount Morris, NY 14510

INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES*

HH Size

Tier I

Tier II

1

0 to 1,315

1,316 to 2,391

2

0 to 1,783

1,784 to 3,127

3

0 to 2,251

2,252 to 3,863

4

0 to 2,719

2,720 to 4,598

5

0 to 3,187

3,188 to 5,334

6

0 to 3,655

3,656 to 6,070

7

0 to 4,123

4,124 to 6,208

8

0 to 4,591

4,592 to 6,346

9

0 to 5,059

5,060 to 6,483

10

0 to 5,527

5,528 to 6,621

11

0 to 5,995

5,996 to 6,918

11+

+468**

+540**

Categorical Eligibility: A household is categorically income eligible (Tier I) if at least one member of the HEAP household is in receipt of recurring Temporary Assistance, SNAP or Code A SSI benefits.

*Convert weekly income to monthly by multiplying income by 4.333333.
*Convert biweekly income to monthly by multiplying income by 2.166666.
**Amount increased per household member.

Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement Benefit

The Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit opens November 5, 2018.

If you are a homeowner and eligible, the Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit can help you repair or replace your furnace, boiler and other direct heating equipment necessary to keep your home’s primary heating source working.

Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to repair or replace your furnace, boiler, and/or other essential heating equipment, $3,000 for a repair and $6,500 for a replacement.

You must go to your HEAP Local District Contact to apply. Your local district contact will decide if you meet all the eligibility conditions, including the income and resource requirements.

Before work is started it must be approved and authorized by a HEAP Local District Contact. Payment is made directly to the vendor after all the work is completed.

View HEAP Monthly Income Limits.


Clean and Tune Benefit

The HEAP Clean and Tune benefit opened April 2, 2018 and is scheduled to close November 2, 2018.

Eligible households can receive energy efficiency services, which includes the cleaning of primary heating equipment, but may also include chimney cleaning, minor repairs, installation of carbon monoxide detectors or programmable thermostats, if needed, to allow for the safe, proper and efficient operation of the heating equipment. Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to provide clean and tune services, up to a maximum of $400. No additional HEAP cash benefits are available.

You may be eligible for a benefit if:

  • You are the homeowner
  • Your household’s gross monthly income is at or below the current income guidelines for your household size as posted on the following table
  • Your primary heating equipment is more than 12 months old
  • Your primary heating equipment or chimney has not been cleaned within the last 12 months
  • You do not have a service contract with your vendor that includes clean and tune services

Your household eligibility requirements include filing an application with your local department of social services, providing all necessary documentation, and the household must reside in an eligible living situation.

Where to apply:

You may apply for the Clean and Tune benefit with your HEAP Local District Contact.

View HEAP Monthly Income Limits.


Cooling Assistance Benefit

The HEAP Cooling Assistance benefit opens May 1, 2019.  The benefits and services are provided on a first come, first served basis. 

Cooling benefits are available for HEAP eligible households containing at least one individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by extreme heat.  If you are eligible, you may receive one Cooling Assistance benefit per applicant household for the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or a fan to help your home stay cool. 

In circumstances where an air conditioner cannot be safely installed, a fan will be provided.

Only one air conditioner or fan, not to exceed $800 with installation, will be provided per applicant household. No additional HEAP cash benefits are available.

You may be eligible for a Cooling Assistance HEAP benefit if:

  • Your household's gross monthly income is at or below the current income guidelines for your household size as posted in the following table, or
  • You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamp) benefits, or
  • You receive Temporary Assistance (TA), or
  • You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone), and
  • You and your household members are United States Citizens or qualified aliens, and
  • Includes an individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by heat, and
  • You received a Regular benefit greater than $21 in the current program year, and
  • You currently do not have a working air conditioner or the air conditioner you have is five years old or older, and
  • You did not receive a HEAP funded air conditioner within the past ten years.

Your household eligibility requirements include filing an application with your local department of social services, providing all necessary documentation, and the household must reside in an eligible living situation.

Getting the air conditioner installed

A participating Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) vendor list can be obtained by contacting your HEAP Local District Contact. It will be your responsibility to maintain the air conditioner. This includes the responsibility to remove, cover, store, and/or reinstall the unit or the installation sleeve after vendor installation.

Where to apply

You may apply for the HEAP Cooling Assistance with your HEAP Local District Contact.

View HEAP Monthly Income Limits.