NEW YORK (WWTI) – Additional federal funding has been made available for home heating assistance in New York. On February 23, Governor Kathy Hochul confirmed that $65 million in funding through the Home Energy Assistance Program was available for low- and middle-income New Yorkers.
HEAP can help New Yorkers avoid having their home’s heat disconnected or exhausting their heating source due to rising fuel prices this winter.
However, Governor Hochul said demand for heating assistance through HEAP has been significantly high this winter. She said more than 1.4 million regular benefits have been issued since the program opened in October 2021, and an additional 28,000 emergency benefits have been issued since Jan. 3.
According to Governor Hochul, eligible households that have exhausted the regular HEAP benefit and the first emergency benefit can now apply for a second round of assistance.
“Energy prices remain at exorbitant levels, placing an enormous burden on struggling New Yorkers trying to pay their energy bills during these cold winter months,” Gov. Hochul said in a statement. Press release. “With just a few weeks of winter remaining, this second round of emergency assistance will provide critical relief to low- and middle-income households, helping New Yorkers in need when temperatures drop to freezing levels.”
These households may be dealing with a heating service outage or disconnection from the electrical utility that will impact their primary heating equipment.
Households may also receive the secondary benefit if they have exhausted their supply of heating fuel or if they have less than a quarter of a tank of fuel oil, kerosene or propane, or if they have a supply of less than 10 days of other heating fuels.
Below are the income guidelines for households to be eligible for HEAP:
|household size||Maximum gross monthly income|
|Each additional||Add $568|
The 2021-2022 HEAP regular benefit amounts, as well as heat-related and emergency heating benefits, are listed in the tables below:
|Basic benefit amount||living situation|
|$21||Eligible households who live in government subsidized housing or a group home with heating included in their rent.|
|$45 or $50||Eligible households whose heating costs are included in their rent.|
|$675 + applicable add-ons||Eligible households whose main heating is oil, kerosene or propane and who pay the heating costs directly to the seller.|
|$525 + applicable add-ons||Eligible households whose primary heating is wood, wood pellets, coal, corn or other deliverable fuel and who make direct payments to the seller for heating costs.|
|$350 + applicable add-ons||Eligible households whose primary heating is electricity or natural gas and who make direct payments based on actual household usage to the seller.|
|Type of emergency||Rising|
|Home heating (electrical service required to operate heating equipment)||$185|
|Natural gas heating only||$465|
|Natural gas combined with domestic heating||$650|
|Electric heating combined with domestic heating||$650|
|Non-utility heating fuel (oil, kerosene and propane)||$965|
|Non-utility heating fuel (wood, pellets, coal, corn, etc.)||$700|