HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)

HEAP provides energy assistance to low income households through payments to those households' fuel and / or utility suppliers. This program also provides emergency assistance for repair or replacement of essential heating equipment and in fuel emergency situations.

Regular HEAP Benefits

  • Benefits for households who are responsible to pay directly for their heating costs range from $350 to $575.
  • Benefits for persons whose heat is included in rent will receive benefits ranging from $21 to $35.
  • Payments vary depending on household income and type of heating.
  • You may be eligible for regular HEAP even if you have resources.

2016-2017 Income Limits for HEAP

Household Size Gross Monthly Income
1 $2,300

Regular benefits for the 2016-2017 HEAP season open November 14, 2016.

Emergency HEAP Benefits

**Emergency benefits for the 2016-2017 HEAP Season opens January 3, 2017.

Emergency HEAP benefits are available to persons who are eligible for HEAP and have an energy-related emergency like:
  • A power or natural gas shut off / scheduled to be shut off
  • Have less than a seven-day supply of heating fuel including fuel oil, propane, wood, or coal
  • Applicant owned heating system is not working

These benefits are in addition to regular HEAP benefits.

Eligibility & Application

Eligible persons must be both the tenant of record and the heating and / or electric bill must be in the applicant's name. Resources exempt for regular HEAP are considered in the determination of eligibility for emergency HEAP.

Applications for HEAP benefits can be made at Schuyler County DSS, located at 323 Owego St. Montour Falls (535-8303).