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2023-2024 HEAP Season

Published on November 7, 2023 by Leslie Bailey

Regular HEAP Benefit

HEAP officially opened November 1, 2023. HEAP provides a grant to low-income households to help pay for energy expenses. HEAP eligible households receive either a direct payment to their heating/utility vendor or a one-time cash benefit. The benefit amount depends on whether the household pays for heat directly (and if so, the type of heat used) or whether the heat is included in the rent or mortgage.

Go to https://bplc.cssny.org/benefit_tools/8 for the HEAP income guidelines for the 2023-2022 season.

HEAP Clean and Tune Benefit

The HEAP Clean and Tune benefit opened on October 2, 2023. This benefit provides eligible homeowners with up to $500 to clean their primary heating equipment. This may include cleaning a chimney, minor repairs, as well as installation of carbon monoxide detectors or programmable thermostats, if needed.

To be eligible the heating equipment must be more than 12 months old and the equipment (furnace, boiler or chimney) must not have been cleaned within the past 12 months. The household’s monthly income must be below the income guidelines for the regular HEAP benefits. You must be HEAP eligible to qualify.

Go to https://bplc.cssny.org/benefit_tools/8 for the HEAP income guidelines.

How to Apply

To apply for regular HEAP and/or HEAP Clean and Tune:

Go to https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#regular-benefit for more information on these programs.

Benefits Plus Online users can go to: https://bplc.cssny.org/pbm/utilities/home-energy-assistance-program-heap/overview.

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