Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D, I, WF–Far Rockaway) is urging low- and moderate-income residents in the 23rd Assembly District to sign up for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to help homeowners and renters with the cost of heating their homes.
“Many seniors and working families in Queens have trouble paying their rising heating bills while still meeting their other financial obligations,” Goldfeder said. “No one should have to choose between heating their home and putting food on the table or buying prescription drugs. That’s why it’s so important that eligible Queens residents sign up for HEAP.”
The HEAP program has three different benefits available. The regular benefit assists lower-income New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes or apartments. Regular HEAP benefits are based on income, the primary heating source and the presence of a child, senior or disabled person in the household. Residents are eligible to receive the regular benefit beginning on November 16, 2011.
HEAP also provides emergency benefits to New Yorkers who are facing a heat or heat-related energy emergency and do not have the resources available to fix the crisis. Emergency HEAP benefits are based on income, available resources, the number of household members and the primary fuel type for heating. Residents are eligible to receive the emergency benefit beginning on January 3, 2012
HEAP will also help cover the cost of heating equipment repair or replacement. The equipment benefit is available to help low-income homeowners repair or replace furnaces, boilers, and other direct heating components necessary to keep the home's primary heating source functional. Residents are eligible for this program as of October 3, 2011.
For more information about HEAP, including monthly income guidelines, please call the Human Resources Administration Department of Social Services toll-free number at 800-692-0557 or visit their website at www.nyc.gov/html/hra/html/directory/heap.shtml. Queens residents may also visit the HEAP field office located at 325 Beach 37th Street in Far Rockaway or the Queens Borough Office located at 120-55 Queens Boulevard.