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 2017-2018 HEAP Heating Assistance program will close April 27, 2018. The 2018 HEAP Cooling season will open May 1, 2018.

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
$ max. 2,318 3,031 3,744 4,457 5,170 5,883

HH size 7 8 9 10 11  
$ max. 6,071 6,017 6,284 6,418 6,733  
Each additional person add $523


Where to apply

  • Applications for Regular HEAP may be submitted online at
  • Public Assistance and Food Stamp customers can apply for HEAP at their local social services district office. If you have questions, call (914) 995-6049. These households can mail their completed applications to the HEAP Unit, 112 East Post Rd. 5th Fl., White Plains, NY 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) 995-6049. These households can also mail their completed applications to the HEAP Unit, 112 East Post Rd. 5th Floor, White Plains, NY 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