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HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)
HEAP provides energy assistance to low income households through payments to those households' fuel and / or utility suppliers. This program also provides emergency assistance for repair or replacement of essential heating equipment and in fuel emergency situations.

Regular HEAP Benefits
  • Benefits for households who are responsible to pay directly for their heating costs range from $400 to $600.
  • Benefits for persons whose heat is included in rent will receive benefits ranging from $20 to $25.
  • Payments vary depending on household income and type of heating.
  • You may be eligible for regular HEAP even if you have resources.

2011-2012 Income Limits for HEAP

Household Size
Gross Monthly Income

Regular benefits for the 2012-2013 HEAP season open November 19, 2012.

Emergency HEAP Benefits
Emergency HEAP benefits are available to persons who are eligible for HEAP and have an energy-related emergency like:
  • A power or natural gas shut off / scheduled to be shut off
  • Have less than a seven-day supply of heating fuel including fuel oil, propane, wood, or coal
  • Applicant owned heating system is not working

These benefits are in addition to regular HEAP benefits.

Eligibility & Application
Eligible persons must be both the tenant of record and the heating and / or electric bill must be in the applicant's name. Resources exempt for regular HEAP are considered in the determination of eligibility for emergency HEAP.

Seniors may apply either at the Office for Aging in Montour Falls or at Schuyler County DSS.

Schuyler County
105 Ninth St.
Watkins Glen, NY 14891