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Home Energy Assistance Program

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
HEAP is a federally funded program that assists low-income New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency.

To see if any of the HEAP benefits below are in season, check this website: https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/

If you are eligible, you may receive one Regular HEAP benefit per program year to help you pay for heating for your home.

Eligibility is based on:

  • Income
  • Household size
  • Primary heating source
  • The presence of a household member who is under age 6, age 60 or older or permanently disabled

You can apply when HEAP season is open:

Jefferson County Dept. of Social Services
250 Arsenal Street
Watertown, NY 13601

If you are eligible, Emergency HEAP can help you heat your home if you are in a heat or heat-related emergency.

Eligibility is based on:

  • Income
  • Available resources
  • The type of emergency

You may be eligible for an emergency HEAP benefit if:

  • Your electricity is necessary for your heating system or thermostat to work and is either shut-off or scheduled to be shut off 
  • Your electric or natural gas heat is off or scheduled to be shut-off
  • You are out of fuel, or you have less than one quarter tank of fuel oil, kerosene or propane or have less than a ten (10) day supply of wood, wood pellets, corn, or other deliverable heat source

You can apply when the HEAP Emergency benefit is open:

Cooling Assistance
If you are eligible, you may receive one Cooling Assistance benefit per applicant household for the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or a fan to help your home stay cool.

Eligibility is based on:

  • Income
  • Living situation
  • Amount of HEAP received
  • The existence of a medical condition that is exacerbated by heat

You can apply when the HEAP Cooling Assistance is open:

Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement
If you are a homeowner and eligible, Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement can help you repair or replace your furnace, boiler and other direct heating equipment necessary to keep your home’s primary heating source working.

You can apply:

  • In person at the Jefferson County Department of Social Services

Clean and Tune
If you are eligible, you can receive certain energy efficiency services, including cleaning of primary heating equipment, minor repairs, and installation of carbon monoxide detectors or programmable thermostats.

You can apply when the HEAP Clean and Tune benefit is open: