New York State is offering heating bill aid to New Yorkers in need.  Here's how you can apply.

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New York State's Home Energy Assistance Program, better known as HEAP, is offering assistance to those who need help with their heating bills as temperatures begin to drop here in Western New York.  According to WKBW, there is $328 million in aid available to families.

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Families who are eligible for HEAP can receive a one-time benefit of up to $741 from HEAP.  Emergency benefits could be available, if a family is facing disconnection.  Eligibility is based on income and the method used to heat the home.  Families can apply through their county Department of Social Services.  HEAP applications are being accepted now.  Last year 128,340 residents in WNY received HEAP benefits, according to WKBW. You can get more information on the HEAP website.

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According to HEAP's website, these are the requirements to be eligible,

  • income
  • household size
  • the primary heating source
  • the presence of a household member who is under age 6, age 60 or older or permanently disabled.

Primary HEAP Contact in Erie & Niagara Counties:

Erie County HEAP contacts

Erie County Department of Social Services
Phone: (716) 858-7644

Niagara County Department of Social Services
Phone: (716) 278-8400