Emergency heating assistance available to St. Lawrence County customers struggling to pay fuel bills
Low income families may now apply for extra help through the Home Energy Assistance Program.
The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) announced Wednesday that eligible low-income customers who are in danger of having their heat shut off or running out of fuel, can apply for emergency (HEAP) benefits.HEAP, overseen by OTDA, is a federally-funded program to help eligible households in meeting their home energy needs. Eligible households can receive one regular HEAP benefit per season, but may also be eligible for a one-time emergency HEAP benefit if they are in danger of running out of fuel or having their heat or heat-related utility service shut off.
Eligibility for emergency HEAP benefits is based on income, available resources, and the type of emergency. For example, a family of four can have a household income of $49,333 a year and may still qualify for a HEAP benefit.
A complete list of where to apply locally can be found at otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/HEAP-contacts.pdf. More information can also be found by calling the New York State HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.
New Yorkers can check if they may be eligible for HEAP, and numerous other benefits, by answering a few questions online at myBenefits.ny.gov.
Emergency HEAP benefit amounts are listed below:
Emergency HEAP Benefit Amounts for 2012-2013
Type of Emergency Amount
Heat Related Domestic (electric service required to operate heating equipment) $160
Natural Gas Heat Only $400
Natural Gas Combined with Heat Related Domestic $560
Electric Heat Combined with Heat Related Domestic $560
Non-utility heating fuel (oil, kerosene, and propane) $600
Non-utility heating fuel (wood, pellets, coal, corn, etc.) $500