HEAP Help Is Available

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The Home Energy Assistance Program is now open for enrollment. The federally funded program is available for eligible residents, providing relief to those who would otherwise be unable to afford heat, according to New York State Assemblyman Fred W. Thiele Jr.

The HEAP program can help eligible East Enders to pay for electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal or any other heating fuel. The regular benefit component assists lower-income New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes or apartments.

Eligibility for HEAP relies on numerous factors, including income, household size, the primary heating source and the presence of a household member who is under age 6, age 60 or older or permanently disabled. HEAP also provides income-based emergency benefits and resources.

Those eligible to receive HEAP emergency benefits include:

• Those whose electricity is necessary for a heating system to work and is either shut off or scheduled to be shut off.

• Those whose electric or natural gas heat is off or scheduled to be shut off.

• Those in danger of running out of fuel.

• Those whose home heating equipment is inoperable.

In addition to these direct benefits, HEAP also assists low-income homeowners with repairing or replacing any damaged or non-functioning heating equipment, including furnaces, boilers or other direct-heating components necessary to keep the home’s heating source functional. HEAP benefits will cover the incurred cost of such repairs or replacements, up to $6,500.

For additional information about HEAP, please call the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance at (800) 342-3009 or visit otda.ny.gov/programs/heap. To find out HEAP eligibility guidelines, visit myBenefits.ny.gov.

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