Assemblymember Marcos A. Crespo: HEAP Offers Assistance to Those Who Need It Most This Winter
October 4, 2011
New York is notorious for harsh winter weather, and many working families and seniors have trouble paying their heating bills, especially in this tough economy. To help those vulnerable households meet their home-heating needs in a safer, more affordable manner this winter, I strongly encourage eligible residents of the Soundview, Hunts Point, Clason Point, Bronx River, Longwood and Harding Park areas to sign up for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost. Regular HEAP benefits are based on income, the primary heating source and the presence of a household member who is under age 6, age 60 or older or permanently disabled. An eligible household may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year. Regular benefits for households that pay directly for heat based on actual usage are paid to the vendor of the household’s primary source of heat. You may be eligible for a regular benefit if:
- You and your household members are United States citizens or qualified aliens;
- Your household’s gross monthly income is at or below the current income guidelines for your household size;
- You receive food stamps;
- You receive temporary assistance; or
- You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI living alone).
- Your electricity is necessary for your heating system or thermostat to work and is either shut off or scheduled to be shut off;
- Your natural gas heat is off or scheduled to be shut off;
- You are in danger of running out of fuel; or
- Your essential home-heating equipment is inoperable.