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Home Energy Assistance Program

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The NYS Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program that assists low-income residents of New York in meeting their home energy needs. The HEAP program is comprised of Regular Benefit, Emergency Benefit, and Weatherization components. 

2020-2021 HEAP Fact Sheet: Click HERE

How Do I Apply?

  • Online at myBenefits.ny.gov
  • Request an application by mail HERE
         OR by phone at (315) 785-3229
  • Print an application at home: HEAP application (LDSS-3421), AND
         Mail to: Jefferson County Dept. of Social Services 
                      250 Arsenal Street 
                      Watertown, NY 13601
  • In person at the Jefferson County Department of Social Services 

Cooling Assistance
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) 2020-2021 Cooling Assistance Component (CAC) opened on May 3, 2021 and is scheduled to run through
Monday, August 31, 2021 or until funding is exhausted. 

You may qualify for a HEAP cooling benefit if your household:
• Has a member with a documented medical condition worsened by heat
• Gross monthly income meets current HEAP guidelines
• Received a regular HEAP benefit greater than $21 in the current program year or resides in government subsidized housing with heat included in your rent
• Did not receive a HEAP funded air conditioner within the past 5 years 

The HEAP CAC provides for the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or fan for HEAP eligible households. Benefit amount is not to exceed $800.00 per household, including the cost of an air conditioner or fan, administrative costs, labor, materials, removal of the old unit and minor repairs essential for safe installation. 

Applications may be requested either by phone (315-785-3229) or in person at the Department of Social Services. Applicants for the HEAP CAC cannot apply online through myBenefits

Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement (HERR)
The Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement (HERR) component will open 10/1/2021.

The Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement Component of the Home Energy Assistance Programis available to help low-income homeowners repair or replace furnaces, boilers and other direct heating components necessary to keep the home's primary heating source functional. 

Benefits are to replace or repair the applicant's furnace, boiler, and/or other essential heating equipment necessary to keep the home's primary heating source operational. If you are in need of furnace replacement/repair, please call (315) 785-3229.  

Clean and Tune

The HEAP Clean and Tune component will open 10/1/2021.

Eligible households can receive energy efficiency services, which includes the cleaning of primary heating equipment,
but may also include chimney cleaning, minor repairs, installation of carbon monoxide detectors or programmable thermostats,
if needed, to allow for the safe, proper and efficient operation of the heating equipment. Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to provide clean and tune services, up to a maximum of $400.