Important Dates And Income Limits For 2023-2024 HEAP

We wanted to provide you with some important information on heating oil assistance for the upcoming 2023-24 season. If you are eligible, you may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year ($900) and could also be eligible for emergency HEAP benefits ($900) if you are in danger of running out of fuel or having your utility service shut off.  The New York State Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded program that assists eligible low-income households in meeting their home energy needs. In addition to heating oil, you may also qualify for:

  • No Cost Tune-up For Your Heating System (click here to view brochure)
  • Heating Equipment Repair/Replace (HERR)
  • Free Air Conditioner (window unit)

Domino Fuel is a participating vendor with the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

If you have any questions about the program or need help applying, we’d be happy to assist you – just give us a call at 631-779-3196 or email us at View the HEAP brochure here / Spanish version click here.

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a service provided by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, designed to assist eligible New Yorkers in heating and cooling their homes. The program offers various benefits, including Regular HEAP Benefit, Emergency HEAP Benefit, Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement Benefit, Clean and Tune Benefit, and Cooling Assistance Benefit.

Regular HEAP Benefit

The Regular HEAP Benefit for the 2023-2024 program year is set to open on November 1, 2023. Eligibility for this benefit is determined by income, household size, primary heating source, and the presence of a household member who is under age 6, age 60 or older, or permanently disabled. The benefit amounts vary based on living situation and primary heating source, ranging from $21 for households in government subsidized housing with heat included in their rent, to $900 + applicable add-ons for households whose primary heat is oil, kerosene, or propane. Additional add-ons are available for households with gross income in the Tier 1 income range and for households containing a vulnerable individual.

Emergency HEAP Benefit

The Emergency HEAP Benefit for the 2023-2024 program year is scheduled to open on January 2, 2024. This benefit is designed to assist households in a heat or heat-related emergency, with eligibility based on income, available resources, and the type of emergency. The benefit amounts vary based on the type of emergency, ranging from $185 for heat-related domestic emergencies to $900 for non-utility heating fuel emergencies.

Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement Benefit

This benefit, which opened on October 2, 2023, assists homeowners in repairing or replacing their furnace, boiler, and other direct heating equipment. The benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred, with a maximum of $4,000 for repairs and $8,000 for replacements.

Clean and Tune Benefit

The HEAP Clean and Tune benefit, also opened on October 2, 2023, provides eligible households with energy efficiency services, including the cleaning of primary heating equipment. The benefit amount is based on the actual cost incurred, up to a maximum of $500.

Cooling Assistance Benefit

Scheduled to open on April 15, 2024, the Cooling Assistance Benefit helps eligible households purchase and install an air conditioner or fan to stay cool during the summer. The benefit provides one air conditioner or fan per applicant household, with a maximum amount of $800 for a window, portable air conditioner, or fan, and $1,000 for an existing wall sleeve unit.

Income Limits

The program has specific income limits based on household size, with the maximum gross monthly income for a single-person household set at $3,035, and increasing incrementally for larger households. For example, a four-person household has a maximum gross monthly income limit of $5,838.

For further assistance or questions regarding the HEAP program, individuals are directed to contact their HEAP Local District Contact or the OTDA Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.