During these economic times, many people have lost their jobs and are having a hard time paying their heating bills. Seniors living on a limited income may also worry about the high cost of heat during the cold winter months on Long Island, New York. The federal Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as HEAP, can help those in need.
If you qualify, the federal program may pay for some or all of your electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal or other heating fuel in your residence.
The program is open to those living on a limited income.
- To find out if you qualify for HEAP's regular benefit, please go to HEAP Programs. There are regular benefits and emergency benefits as well. You can also find out at this website about the income guidelines for the current year. Or you can call the local department of social services hot line at (800)342-3009.
- If you are facing a heating emergency, find out more about how the program can help you at HEAP Emergency Benefit.
- If you are living on a low income and need help with your furnace's repair or replacement, find out more at HEAP Furnace Repair/Replacement.
How You Can Apply for HEAP Benefits
New Yorkers on limited incomes can apply for help by mail, in person at your local social services office, on the phone.
- If you want to apply in person at a local social services office, then you can go to one of the following locations. Residents over 60 may also apply at a local office for the aging.
- In Nassau County, apply at:
Nassau County Department of Social Services
60 Charles Lindbergh Boulevard
- County Office for the Aging (You may apply here if you're over 60 years old)
- After hours emergency contact: DSS (516) 572-3143
In Suffolk County, Apply at the Following:
- Suffolk County Department of Social Services
P.O. Box 18100
Hauppaugue, NY 11788
- County Office for the Aging (for those over 60 years of age)
- After hours emergency contact: DSS (631)854-9100
If you have any questions about the HEAP program, you can call your local department of social services office or the NYS HEAP Hotline at (800)342-3009. For more detailed information, please visit the official website at the Home Energy Assistance Program.
More info at the following HEAP related links: www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ocs/programs/liheap the low-income home energy assistance program (LIHEAP).
U.S. Energy Information.
Source: Home Energy Assistance Program website