Energy Assistance

Energy Assistance

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

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.
Active SNAP/Cash Assistance clients and clients receiving SSI who live alone are automatically eligible for HEAP benefits.
HEAP consists of two seasonal components:

Heating Assistance operates from November to March.
Qualifications for HEAP assistance include: 

  • Your household received a HEAP benefit during the current HEAP program year OR
  • You are currently receiving Temporary Assistance (TA) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).

Cooling Assistance operates from May to August.
Qualifications for HEAP cooling assistance include: 

  • Your household received a HEAP benefit during the current HEAP program year OR
  • You are currently receiving Temporary Assistance (TA) or Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP).
  • Household member must have a medical condition that is exacerbated by heat.

If you DID receive a HEAP benefit during the current HEAP program year, your eligibility for a cooling benefit will be based on the information used to determine your HEAP benefit and the information submitted on the form below.
If you DID NOT receive a benefit during the current HEAP program year, BUT you are currently receiving TA or SNAP benefits, your eligibility for a cooling benefit will be based on the information in your TA or SNAP case and the information submitted on the form below.

Send application to:
Home Energy Assistance Program/HEAP
P.O. Box 1401
Church Street Station
New York, NY 10008
For more information about HEAP eligibility visit the NYS OTDA website.

Utility Assistance Program (UAP)

UAP assists families or individuals who are elderly, blind, disabled, mentally impaired or those residing in a neglected or hazardous environment who require financial assistance for their energy bills.

Contact the Heat Line if you are having trouble paying your utilities bill 212-331-3150. 

Here are some other situations that may make you eligible for cash assistance