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HEAP | Citizens Energy Oil Program

(HEAP) Home Energy Assistance Program

HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.

HEAP is a federally funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a households annual energy cost. HEAP also offers an emergency benefit for households in a heat or heat related energy emergency. Additionally, HEAP offers a furnace repair and/or replacement benefit for households with inoperable heating equipment.

Regular Benefit
The HEAP regular benefit component assists low-income New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes.

The HEAP emergency benefit component assists qualifying low-income New Yorkers who are facing a heat or heat related energy emergency and do not have the resources available to resolve the emergency.

Furnace Repair or Replacement
The HEAP Furnace Repair and Replacement Component is available to help low-income homeowners repair or replace furnaces, boilers, and other direct heating components necessary to keep the home's primary heating source functional. The HEAP Furnace Repair and Replacement Component is now open.

How do I apply for HEAP?
During the period that a HEAP benefit component is open, low-income New Yorkers may apply for HEAP in person, by mail, over the phone, and on the internet. Check your potential eligibility for HEAP and a wide range of economic supports at: myBenefits.ny.gov.

Questions about HEAP program should be directed to your Local Department of Social Services Office or the NYS.

Call the HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009
Midnight Oil is an Authorized HEAP Vendor

Citizens Energy Oil Program

Energy Oil Program
The Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program has delivered millions of gallons of discount home heating oil to poor and elderly households in Massachusetts and other cold weather states since 1979. This unique program helps protect needy families from volatile heating oil prices, which often leave households having to choose between heating the home and paying for other life essentials, such as food, health care, or clothing.

What is the Oil Heat Program?
In partnership with CITGO, Citizens Energy works with thousands of oil heat dealers and local fuel assistance agencies in 24 states to provide deliveries of home heating oil to those in need. This year the Oil Heat Program provided eligible families a one-time delivery of 100 gallons of home heating oil.

Why is the Program Needed?
In states like Massachusetts, heating oil prices have increased considerably since 2000, yet the wages for low-income families and individuals have remained stagnant. The federal government provides some help to low-income families struggling to stay warm during the winter through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), but this assistance historically has reached only about one in five eligible families. And many other working poor families who do not qualify for federal assistance programs still need help from time to time.

Low-income families have little choice but to cut back on food, medicine, and other life essentials when their home energy costs rise. Bad choices lead to bad outcomes. When the heating bills of poor families rise, studies show they often reduce their spending on food by about the same amount, and it is no surprise that cases of undernourished children increase by about one-third during winter months.

The Citizens Energy Oil Heat Program works to provide struggling families with a bit of relief when temperatures hit freezing and high heating oil prices force families to make difficult and often unsafe trade-offs.



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