New York is notorious for its harsh winter weather, making cold weather preparation and protection essential to surviving these months. One serious concern that many working families and seniors face in winter is higher heating bills. In fact, some must make the awful choice between turning on the heat or putting food on the table.
Fortunately, the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) can help. More than 1.4 million households received HEAP benefits in 2015. This year, eligible households can receive up to $626 in assistance, depending on household size, income and heating source.
HEAP, a federally funded program, provides financial assistance to both renters and homeowners and can be used to help cover the costs of electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal or other heating fuels. You may also be able to get funds to help pay for home heating repairs if necessary.
Eligibility for HEAP relies on a number of factors, including income, household size, primary heating source and whether a member of the household is under the age of 6, over the age of 60 or permanently disabled. For the upcoming winter, a family of four that has a household income of up to $53,076 annually, or $4,423 a month, can qualify for help. New Yorkers can begin applying immediately, and please note that assistance is granted on a first-come, first-served basis.
For more information regarding HEAP benefits in New York City, click here:
High heating costs can be a major financial challenge in the winter, but help is available. I encourage anyone who needs assistance to apply now. If you have any questions or concerns about this or any other community issue, please don’t hesitate to contact my office at WilliamsJA@nyassembly.gov or by calling 718-252-2124.