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Home Energy Assistance

The low income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program administered by the Westchester County Department of Social Services that assists eligible low-income, elderly and disabled residents with home heating costs.

As of March 27, 2015 the heating component of the HEAP program is closed. This includes both regular and emergency HEAP.

Eligibility for regular HEAP benefit
A household (HH) must pay for heat directly or make undesignated payments for heat in the form of rent. A household must also reside in a HEAP-eligible living situation.

Gross Monthly Income Eligibility Guidelines
HH size 1 2 3 4 5 6
2014-15
$ max.
2,194 2,869 3,544 4,219 4,894 5,569

HH size 7 8 9 10 11 Each add'l person
2014-15
$ max.
5,696 5,822 5,949 6,076 6,534  Add $508



 

Where to apply

  • Applications for Regular HEAP may be submitted online at myBenefits.ny.gov.
  • Public Assistance and Food Stamp customers can apply for HEAP at their local social services district office. If you have questions, call (914) 995-5619. These households can mail their completed applications to the HEAP Unit, 112 East Post Rd. 5th Floor, White Plains, New York 10601.
  • Download the application, complete, print and sign. A Spanish version is available.
  • Individuals over the age of 60, permanently disabled or in receipt of SSI can apply for HEAP through the Westchester County Department of Social Services at (914) 995-5619. These households can also mail their completed applications to the HEAP Unit, 112 East Post Rd. 5th Floor, White Plains, New York 10601.
  • Other individuals can apply for HEAP at one of the local Westchester Community Opportunity Program (WESTCOP) offices or contact them for information at (914) 592-5600.

Criteria for emergency HEAP benefit

  • Your electricity is necessary for your heating system to work and is either shut-off or scheduled to be shut off or
  • Your natural gas heat is off or scheduled to be shut-off or
  • You are out of or in danger of running out of fuel (oil, propane, wood, or coal) or
  • Your essential applicant owned heating equipment is inoperable