This year’s round of the Home Energy Assistance Program is drawing to a close, according to a media release from Opportunities for Otsego.
Regular (non-emergency) benefit applications will be accepted through Friday, and emergency applications will be accepted through Monday.
HEAP is a federally funded program that assists low-income New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency.
Walk-in and online applications for regular benefits will be accepted until the close of business on Friday. Applications sent by mail must be postmarked by Friday.
Applications received after the deadlines will be denied.
Regular HEAP benefits are available to households that meet income and other criteria. For an individual, gross monthly income cannot exceed $2,175; for a household of two, the threshold is $2,844; for a three-person household, the threshold is $3,513. Complete income guidelines are available online at http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/program.asp#income.
Emergency HEAP eligibility and benefits are based on income, available resources, and the type of emergency. Low-income area residents may be eligible for emergency HEAP if their electric or natural gas service is off or scheduled to be shut off, or if they are out of fuel or have less than a 10-day supply of heating fuel. Additional information on eligibility for emergency benefits is available at http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/program.asp#emergency.
Seniors can apply directly through their county office for the aging. Those younger than 60 may complete a pre-HEAP screening online at www.mybenefits.ny.gov to see if they qualify.