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Governor Announces Home Energy Assistance Program Opening November 18

November 14, 2013 - Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced that households across the state can begin applying for heating assistance this winter through New York's Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) on Monday, November 18. HEAP, which is overseen by the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), is a federally-funded program that provides up to $650 for eligible households to pay for energy costs in order to keep their homes warm during the winter.

For the first time, anyone living outside of New York City who is seeking a regular HEAP benefit, which assists households that pay a high proportion of household income for energy, will be able to submit applications online at starting on November 18.

"As temperatures begin to drop, the State's Home Energy Assistance Program is available to help New Yorkers meet heating costs," Governor Cuomo said. "Beginning Monday, households across the state can begin applying and with the introduction of the online application, it is now easier than ever for people outside of New York City to apply for HEAP. Every winter season, this program is a critical resource for low-income families and senior citizens with fixed incomes in keeping their homes warm. I urge New Yorkers who need heating assistance in the coming months to apply this season."

For more information, go to:

project warmth

Project Warmth:

A division of the L.I. United Way, Project Warmth is a non-profit charitable organization which receives its funding from individual and corporate contributions. The program is now accepting applications for the 2013-14 heating season. Click here for details.


L.I. Power Authority: Residential Energy Affordability Partnership (LIPA-REAP):

One of the easiest ways to lower your home energy costs is to reduce your consumption through increased energy conservation. If you meet the income eligibility guidelines, the LIPA-REAP program will provide a no-cost, complete energy audit of your home and provide needed assistance to make your home more energy efficient. To learn more about REAP, call (800) 263-6786.

Community Development Corporation (CDC):

Weatherization Assistance Program: This is a free energy conservation program provided to income-eligible households on an annual basis in Nassau and Suffolk Counties. The goal is to make the homes of low-income Long Islanders, especially the elderly and disabled, more energy efficient. An energy audit is conducted by an inspector to determine the most cost-effective means of reducing the home's energy consumption. A sample analysis of completed units shows that this program has reduced its clients' energy consumption by 22%. For further information, please call (631) 471-1215 ext. 172 or visit


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