NEW YORK (WWTI) – With temperatures starting to drop and heating bills expected to rise this season, many more are requesting assistance.

The Home Energy Assistance Program is expected to provide additional funding for households in New York in the fall and winter. HEAP can support those who heat their homes with electricity, natural gas, oil, coal, propane, wood and wood pellets, kerosene and corn.

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According to the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, eligibility and benefits are primarily based on income, household size, primary heat source, and when a household member is younger than six years, older than 60 years, or permanently disabled.

The office stated that gross monthly income must meet or be less than certain guidelines for household size. These are listed below:

Size of household Maximum gross monthly income
1 $ 2,729
2 $ 3,569
3 $ 4,409
4th $ 5,249
5 $ 6,088
6th $ 6,928
7th $ 7,086
8th $ 7,243
9 $ 7,401
10 $ 7,558
11 $ 7,715
12th $ 7,873
13th $ 8,420
each additional Add $ 568

Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

To qualify, an individual or household member must be a US citizen or qualified foreign national. Further suitability factors are:

  • Gross monthly income is at or below current income guidelines for household size OR
  • Get the Benefits of the Supplementary Nutrition Assistance Program OR
  • Get temporary assistance OR
  • Receive an extra security income

Below is a breakdown of the regular HEAP benefit amounts for 2021 through 2022.

Basic benefit amount life situation
$ 21 Eligible households who live in state-subsidized apartments or shared apartments in which heat is included in the rent.
$ 45 or $ 50 Eligible households for which heating costs are included in the rent.
$ 675 or more Eligible households whose primary heat is oil, kerosene or propane and who pay the heating costs directly to the seller.
$ 525 or more applicable add-ons Eligible households whose primary heat is wood, wood pellets, coal, corn or other fuels that can be supplied and who pay the heating costs directly to the seller.
$ 350 or more applicable add-ons Eligible households whose primary heat is electricity or natural gas and who make direct payments to the seller based on their household’s actual consumption.

Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

The regular basic benefit amount is increased by $ 41 if the gross income of the household is in the range of tier 1 income. Level 1 eligibility is based on gross income and household size. At the time of application, the gross income of the household must be 130% of the federal poverty line or less than the household size; or at least one adult household member must receive ongoing assistance through Temporary Assistance, a Complementary Nutritional Support Program, or Code A SSI.

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In addition, the Office for Temporary and Disability Assistance is offering a HEAP emergency benefit this year, which will open on January 3, 2022.

HEAP benefits and the right to emergency measures are based on income, available resources and the nature of the emergency.

Individuals may be entitled to HEAP emergency benefit if power is required for the heating system and is either turned off or scheduled to be shut down, the electric or natural gas heating is turned off or scheduled to be shut down, or someone away from home is fuel, less than a quarter tank of heating oil , Kerosene, or propane, or has been supplied with wood, wood pellets, corn, or other available heat source for less than ten (10) days.

To qualify, individuals must also have a heating and electricity bill in their name and have resources and the current income guidelines listed below:

  • less than $ 2,000 if no member of your household is 60 years or older; or
  • less than $ 3,000 if a member of your household is 60 years or older.
Type of emergency Be
Heat-connected household (electrical service required for the operation of heating devices) $ 140
Natural gas heating only $ 350
Natural gas in combination with a heat-bound household $ 490
Electric heat in combination with heat-related household $ 490
Non-useful heating fuel (oil, kerosene and propane) $ 675
Non-utility fuel (wood, pellets, coal, corn, etc.) $ 525

Source: New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance

New York residents can apply for HEAP online, in person at a local district contact, or in writing. You can find more information on the website of the Agency for Temporary Employment and Disability Assistance.