Applications start Monday for HEAP aid

Posted 13 November 2016 at 1:47 pm

NY has $325 million available in federal funds for elderly, low-to-moderate income residents

Press Release, Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s Office

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced more than $325 million in funding is available to help elderly and low- and moderate-income New Yorkers heat their homes this winter. Applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program will be accepted beginning Monday, Nov. 14.

“No one should have to choose between putting food on the table and paying their heating bill,” Governor Cuomo said. “This critical program helps seniors and hard-working New Yorkers cover the high cost of heat during the cold winter months. I encourage those who are eligible to apply for this support and to stay warm and stay safe.”

In Orleans County, residents can apply by going to the Department of Social Services at the County Administration Building, 14016 Route 31 West, Albion, NY 14411. Call (585) 589-3182 for more information during regular business hours from Monday through Friday.

Anyone living outside of New York City can apply for a regular Home Energy Assistance benefit online at

Eligible households can receive a one-time benefit of up to $626, depending on income, household size and heating source. A family of four can have a household income of up to $53,076 annually, or $4,423 a month, and still qualify for help.

Last winter, more than 1.4 million households received assistance from the federally-funded program.

The program is overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, but applications are accepted at local departments of social services.

Additionally, households may also qualify for an emergency benefit if they are at risk of getting their heat shut off or running out of fuel. Applications for emergency benefits will be accepted beginning Tuesday, January 3, 2017. Anyone in need of emergency assistance should contact their local department of social services.

“This federal funding is critical for tens of thousands of families in our region as we prepare for another challenging winter,” said Congresswoman Louise Slaughter. “That’s why I’ve routinely fought to fund this important program. I encourage all eligible Western New Yorkers to apply for this support so they can ensure their homes are heated this winter.”

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