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DO 04 - Leg. Muratore - PR

Posted on: November 14, 2018

Legislator Muratore Alerts Residents that Suffolk County’s HEAP Season is Open

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Legislator Tom Muratore urges all qualifying residents to apply for the county’s HEAP program, which provides energy assistance for heat during the cold winter months. Applications are accepted as of Tuesday, November 13th for the 2018-2019 season, and the benefit is available on a first-come, first-served basis.


“The cold weather will shortly be upon us, and soon the nights will be below freezing temperatures,” stated Legislator Muratore. “With high fuel costs, many cannot afford to keep their families warm. I encourage all those who meet the criteria to apply—the earlier the better- and take advantage of this vital assistance offered by the County.”


Regular HEAP eligibility and benefits are based on income, household size, the primary heating source and the presence of a household member who is under age 6, age 60 or older or permanently disabled. An eligible household may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year. Regular benefits for households that pay directly for heat based on actual usage are paid directly to the vendor that supplies the household's primary source of heat.


Your household may be eligible for a regular HEAP benefit if:

You are aged 60 and over, or under age 60 and receiving Social Security Disability benefits, and:

You and your household members are United States Citizens or qualified aliens, and:

Your household's gross monthly income is at or below the current income guides for your household size as described below, or:

You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits or

You receive Temporary Assistance, or:

You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone)


To meet the income eligibility requirements, a household of 1 cannot earn above $2,391 monthly, 2 members cannot exceed $3,127 monthly, for 3 the maximum is $3,863, and for 4 the limit is $4,598.


Applications are available when HEAP season begins and

may be accessed and printed online at:

https://otda.ny.gov/programs/apply/#heap

Want to see if you are eligible? Complete a HEAP pre-screening or apply online at: 

www.mybenefits.ny.gov.

For more information, you can contact the HEAP hotline at:                                                          

631-853-8326

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