The Home Energy Assistance Program
(HEAP) was first authorized by Congress during the 1979-1980 congressional
session. It was established as a response to the drastic escalation of costs
for heat and energy products during the mid to late 1970s. Categorical
eligibility has been established for recipients of Family Assistance, Safety
Net Assistance, and Supplemental Security Income as well as certain SNAP
(formally known as Food Stamps) households. Non-Public Assistance households
apply separately. Eligibility for this program is based on the income of
the entire household and there is no resource/asset test for the regular
non-emergency component of the program.
Administration of each county’s HEAP
program is the responsibility of the local district. This includes fiscal
responsibility for the program and its administrative costs, all of which
are 100% federally reimbursed through the State. Washington County
has administered the HEAP program for over 30 years.
At the conclusion of 2011, there were
2,823 households open on the HEAP program. Traditionally
at least 50% of our HEAP population are elderly members of the
You may not apply for a Regular HEAP
benefit until the 2012 – 2013 HEAP season is open. The Regular
Benefit of the 2012 – 2013 HEAP program will open on November 19, 2012. HEAP
Applications will not be made available until November 19, 2012.
The Emergency Benefit component of the
2012 – 2013 HEAP program is closed. The Emergency Benefit of the 2012 – 2013
HEAP program will open on January 2, 2013. This year the furnace repair and
replacement program opened on October 1, 2012. All Heap programs are
scheduled to close March 15, 2013.
2012 - 2013 Home Energy
Assistance Program (HEAP) Desk Guide
Questions regarding the
HEAP program should be directed to the
Washington County Social Services
Office or to the NYS HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.
To apply for HEAP, access an online
HEAP application or for more information please visit:
*Links to external sites are
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