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    Additional HEAP Benefits

     

    Emergency HEAP Benefit

    Beginning April 24, 2020, a third Emergency Benefit is available for households who have exhausted the Regular, first Emergency and second Emergency HEAP benefits and who are in a heat or heat-related energy emergency, as defined by HEAP, and who meet the eligibility guidelines for Emergency benefit assistance. The second Emergency benefit was made available effective February 18, 2020.

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

    Emergency HEAP benefits and eligibility are based on:

    • income,
    • available resources, and
    • the type of emergency

     

    Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement Benefit

    The 2019-2020 Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit opened November 4, 2019.

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

    Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to repair or replace your furnace, boiler, and/or other essential heating equipment, $3,000 for a repair and $6,500 for a replacement.

     

    Clean and Tune Benefit

    The 2019-2020 HEAP Clean and Tune benefit opened November 4, 2019.

    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. No additional HEAP cash benefits are available.

     

    Cooling Assistance Benefit

    The 2019-2020 Cooling Assistance benefit opened May 1, 2020. Please note that as of June 30, 2020 recipients that reside in government subsidized housing with heat included in their rent may be eligible for a Cooling Assistance benefit if their household includes an individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by heat.

    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.

    In circumstances where an air conditioner cannot be safely installed, a fan will be provided.

    Only one air conditioner or fan, not to exceed $800 with installation, will be provided per applicant household.