Assemblymember Sam Hoyt

Reminds Western New York Residents

that Home Heating Assistance

is Available.


Winter’s cold weather is right around the corner, and with it comes higher home heating bills. Thankfully, the HEAP program will again provide financial assistance to qualified Western New York residents to help pay for those higher energy costs.


HEAP, or the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, provides grants for heating bills ranging from $40 to $400 to eligible low-income seniors, those with disabilities and working families, all of whom are hard hit by the rise in energy costs. New York’s program provides regular and emergency benefits and both renters and home owners may be eligible.


Eligibility is based on a household’s income, living arrangement, heating expenses, young, old or disabled family members, and type of heat.  For instance, a family of four that pays for its heat directly and has a gross monthly income of less than $3,325 could receive between $150 and $400. An elderly couple that doesn’t pay directly for heat and makes less than $2,261 could see between $40 and $50.


To receive an application or find out if you are eligible for HEAP benefits, contact the Erie County Department of Social Services at 858-8000 or call the HEAP hotline at 1-800-342-3009. You can also visit and download an application off the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Web site.


The cold weather can put a strain on families living on tight budgets. The HEAP program is available to help the elderly, working families and others who are stung by rising home heating costs. Find out if you qualify today, and make this coming winter as safe and warm as possible.