2013-11-22 / Community

Goldfeder: Apply for Home Energy Assistance Program

With winter coming up, it’s time to turn those heaters on. Through the federally funded Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), heat may be more affordable for New Yorkers. The program also offers emergency benefits to homeowners facing a home heating crisis. As announced by Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder, the application to apply for HEAP is now available.

“In these challenging economic times, we need to ensure our families have the essential utility services they need to keep their family warm this winter,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “No family should have to choose between heating their home and putting food on the table.”

Eligibility for HEAP benefits are based on income, the primary fuel source – such as oil, gas, propane or kerosene, and number of household members who are under the age of 6 or over the age of 60. The benefits also include repairing or replacing furnaces, boilers, and any other heating equipment for primary residences. Additionally, eligible homeowners can apply for emergency benefits if they're in danger of running out of heating fuel or at risk of having their utility services turned off.

“I strongly encourage eligible residents of southern Queens and Rockaway to apply for HEAP benefits if they are in need or at risk of having their heat shut off completely,” Goldfeder said. “It is absolutely essential that we do everything we can to continue to assist our struggling families.”

For information regarding HEAP benefits in New York City, dial the tollfree number at 1-800-692-0557. You can also find more information regarding the benefits by going to www.nyc.gov/ html/hra/html/services/energy.shtml.

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