Westchester County

Home Energy

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.

The county is accepting applications for regular benefits for the 2014-2015 heating season. Applications for emergency benefits will be accepted starting Jan. 2, 2015.

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