Deadline to Apply for HEAP extended until August 31, 2021
You can still apply for Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits! The deadline to apply for HEAP was extended from March 15th to August 31, 2021 (or until funds run out). See below to print an application, or call the Heat Line at 212-331-3126 to request one.
Another HEAP Emergency benefit is available starting March 8, 2021
Starting March 8, 2021, if you pay separately for heat and you apply or receive regular HEAP benefits, you will be screened for eligibility for an emergency heat-related benefit, even if you already received one this season. If eligible, you will get the emergency HEAP benefit with your regular HEAP benefit. For additional questions, call the Heat Line at 212-331-3126.
Utility Moratorium Lifting
Starting December 31, 2021, utility companies (electricity, oil/gas for heat) can start sending utility shut-off notices to those who owe utility arrears, unless the state of emergency is lifted prior, and for a period of 180 days after for those who suffered a change in financial circumstances due to the emergency. If you get a utility shut-off notice, help is available. You can apply for an emergency assistance grant (also known as a one-shot deal) to help pay utility expenses owed using ACCESS HRA.
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.
Qualifications for HEAP assistance include:
Qualifications for HEAP cooling assistance* include:
*Cooling Assistance operates from May to August. 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. Read the Beat the Heat Flyer in English or Español for more information.
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.
HEAP Cooling Application:
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.
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 212-331-3126.
Here are some other situations that may make you eligible for cash assistance.