Emergency HEAP assistance available
Tuesday January 8, 2013 | By:Submitted to Journal |
SPRINGVILLE — The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance announced that eligible, low-income New Yorkers who are in danger of having their heat shut off or running out of fuel, can apply for emergency Home Energy Assistance Program benefits.
HEAP, overseen by the OTDA, is a federally-funded program that helps eligible households meet their home energy needs. Eligible households may receive one regular HEAP benefit, per season, but may also be eligible for a one-time emergency HEAP benefit, if they are in danger of running out of fuel or having their heat or heat-related utility service shut off.
Eligibility for emergency HEAP benefits is based on income, available resources and the type of emergency. For example, a family of four can have a household income of $49,333 a year and may still qualify for a HEAP benefit.
A complete list of where to apply locally can be found at www.otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/HEAP-contacts.pdf. More information can also be found by calling the New York state HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.
New York residents can check if they may be eligible for HEAP and other benefits online at www.mybenefits.ny.gov.