The Home Energy Assistance Program, which is also called HEAP, helps low-income New Yorkers pay for the cost of heating their homes.

To apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) in New York, you can follow these steps:

  1. Check Eligibility:

  2. Collect the necessary documents, which may include proof of income, residency, and utility bills.

  3. Choose Your Application Method:

  4. Fill out the application form accurately and provide all the required information.

  5. Submit the application.

  6. In some cases, you may be required to participate in an interview as part of the application process. If so, follow the instructions provided in your appointment letter.

  7. The local department of social services will review your application and the documentation you've submitted.

  8. You will receive a notification in writing, indicating whether your application has been approved and the amount of assistance you are eligible for. The notification will also include information about how the benefit will be paid to you or directly to your energy provider.

  9. Reapplication: HEAP benefits are generally provided for a specific season. You may need to reapply each season if you continue to require assistance.

If you have questions about the HEAP application process or need assistance, you can contact your local department of social services or visit the official New York HEAP website for additional information and resources.

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Last Reviewed: October 19, 2023