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.

HEAP Program Opening & Closing Dates
Program Component2021-2022 Start Dates2021-2022 End Dates
Regular HEAP Oct. 1, 2021 March 15, 2022
Clean & Tune Oct. 1, 2021 Sep. 30, 2022
Heating Equipment Repair & Replacement Oct. 1, 2021 Sep. 30, 2022
Emergency Jan 3, 2022 March 15, 2022
Cooling May 2, 2022 Aug. 31, 2022

Regular Arrears Program
There is no application for the Regular Arrears Program (RAS), but all applicants must apply for and be found eligible for the Regular HEAP benefit using the links provided below for application and/or online through myBenefitsny.gov.

Below are the updated income guidelines for 2021-2022

Income Guidelines for 2021-2022
HH size$ max.
1 2,729
2 3,569
3 4,409
4 5,249
5 6,088
6 6,928
7 7,086
8 7,243
9 7,401
10 7,558
11 7,715
12 7,873
13 8,420

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 2020-2021
HH size$ max.
1 2,610
2 3,413
3 4,216
4 5,019
5 5,822
6 6,625
7 6,775
8 6,926
9 7,077
10 7,227
11 7,378
12 7,775
  • 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) 995-3333. 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) 995-3333. These households can also mail their completed applications to the HEAP Unit, 112 East Post Rd. 5th Floor, White Plains, NY 10601.

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