Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

Get Help with Energy Costs

If you need help paying your energy bills, you may qualify for federal assistance through HEAP.

HEAP Cooling Assistance Benefit

If you receive benefits from HEAP during winter, you may be eligible for a summer benefit. HEAP provides Cooling Assistance of up to $800 toward the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or fan to keep cool. Qualifications are based on income and age or medical necessity. 

Learn more and see if you qualify at https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#cooling-assistance

Federally-funded Assistance

HEAP is a federally funded program that assists qualifying New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes. HEAP benefits are not a loan. You do not have to repay any assistance received through this program. There are two main types of benefits:

  • Regular Benefits: Based on income, household size and primary heating source.
  • Emergency Benefits: For qualifying low-income New Yorkers who are facing heat or heat-related energy emergencies.