Utility Assistance

HEAP Under COVID-19

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Summary

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) helps low-income households pay the cost of heating their homes.

If you are a Benefits Plus subscriber, for additional information refer to Cash Benefits, Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

For Benefits Plus subscription information visit: https://bplc.cssny.org/home/subscription_options.

Regular HEAP Benefits

The 2020-2021 HEAP heating season is open, and the application is available in a fillable form here. The deadline to submit applications has been extended from April 30th to August 31, 2021, or until funds allocated to this program have been exhausted. Click here for more information.

The completed application can be mailed to:

Home Energy Assistance Program/HEAP
P.O. Box 1401
Church Street Station
New York, NY 10008

Individuals who need assistance or would like to drop off an application and/or documentation can visit one of six Job Centers or a community site, listed below, which will forward the application to the HEAP central office for processing.

HRA sites are open Monday – Friday 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Waverly Job Center
12 W. 14th Street, 4th floor
New York, NY 10011

Coney Island Job Center
3050 West 21st Street
Brooklyn, NY 11214

Rider Job Center
300 Canal Place
Bronx, NY 10451

Crotona Job Center
1910 Monterey Avenue, 5th floor
Bronx, NY 10457

Queens Job Center
32-20 Northern Boulevard, 2nd floor (enter on Honeywell Street)
Long Island City, NY 11101

Richmond Job Center
201 Bay Street, 2nd floor
Staten Island, NY 10301

HRA representatives are also located in the following community locations:

Boro Park Jewish Community Council (Tuesdays and Wednesdays 9 am – 5 pm)
1310 46th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11219

Margert Community Council (Mondays 9 am – 5 pm)
325 Beach 37th
Far Rockaway, NY 11691

Assemblyman Ron Kim’s Office (Wednesdays and Thursdays 9 am – 5 pm)
136-20 38th Avenue, Suite 10A
Queens, NY 11354

State Senator Leroy Comrie’s Office (Tuesdays and Thursdays 9 am – 5 pm)
113-14 Farmer’s Boulevard
Queens, NY 11412

For more information about HEAP eligibility, visit the NYS OTDA website.

Emergency HEAP Benefits

The emergency HEAP benefit is available to eligible households whose utility or heating service is scheduled for termination or whose utility service or heating service has been terminated. The 2020-2021 emergency HEAP benefit opened January 4, 2021.

Typically, emergency HEAP benefits are available once during the program year. However, a second Emergency benefit was made available to eligible households on March 8, 2021 and a third benefit available on April 15, 2021.

For more information, visit the NYS OTDA website.

How COVID-19 Cash Aid Impacts HEAP

ECONOMIC IMPACT PAYMENTS

The Economic Impact Payment (up to $1,400 per eligible individual) is not countable for HEAP.

FEDERAL PANDEMIC UNEMPLOYMENT COMPENSATION (FPUC)

The $300/$100 FPUC payments are excluded as income when determining eligibility for Regular HEAP, Emergency HEAP, Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement (HERR), Heating Equipment Clean and Tune (C&T), and Cooling Assistance benefits. For more information, go to https://otda.ny.gov/policy/gis/2021/21DC015.pdf.

For more information on the pandemic expanded unemployment benefits, refer to COVID-19 Resources, Expansion of Unemployment Insurance.