Additional HEAP Benefits
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 2022-2023 Emergency benefit opened on January 3, 2023.
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:
- available resources, and
- the type of emergency
The 2022-2023 Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit opened October 3, 2022.
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.
The 2022-2023 HEAP Clean and Tune benefit opened on October 3, 2022.
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.
The 2022-2023 Cooling Assistance benefit is scheduled to open May 1, 2023. 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.