The Westchester Department of Social Services will accept heating assistance applications starting Monday, Nov. 18.
The assistance is available to income-eligible households through the Home Energy Assistance Program or HEAP.
An eligible household can receive $600 for homes that heat with oil, kerosene or propane, and $400 to heat with electricity or natural gas. A family of four can have an annual household income of up to $50,184.
To find out more about eligibility, call United Way’s 2-1-1 or the Department of Social Services’ HEAP unit at 914-995-5619 or go to www.myBenefits.ny.gov. Applications are at www.westchestergov.com/heap.
Anyone who received a HEAP benefit last season must submit the HEAP application received in the mail to re-qualify. Temporary Assistance and SNAP recipients, except those who signed up after certain dates in September, are automatically eligible and do not have to fill out an application. Cases opened after Sept. 13 for Temporary Assistance and Sept. 20 for SNAP must complete a form obtained from the local Social Services district office or by calling 914-995-5619.
HEAP also offers benefits for income-eligible households that have heat-related emergencies, including to repair or replace furnaces, boilers and other direct heating components.