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.
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.
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