The Winter 2020-21 Home Energy Assistance Program (“HEAP”) application cycle opens today, November 2.
you know, HEAP is a benefit that helps low- and fixed-income New
Yorkers pay the cost of heating their homes during the winter months.
The once-per-cycle credit can be used towards a resident’s electric,
natural gas, oil, propane, wood/wood pellets, kerosene and/or corn oil
heating bill. The program applies to both homeowners and renters.
To apply, visit MyBenefits.NY.gov or call your local Department of Social Services or NYC Human Resources Administration.
your constituents’ income has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic,
the Public Utility Law Project (“PULP”) strongly encourages them to
apply for HEAP. We similarly urge all low- and fixed-income consumers to
do so because the receipt of HEAP will result in the customer being
automatically enrolled into their utility company’s low-income discount
program, which results in a monthly deduction on their energy bill.
note, while there is a moratorium on utility terminations in place at
this time, the receipt by your constituents and other customers of
utility termination notices allows them to become eligible for
HEAP. Such notices should not result in termination until the
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