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HEAP » Central Hudson » HEAP

"Central Hudson was my backbone. When I was ready to give up, they didn't."

--Brian Denniston, HEAP recipient & Central Hudson customer

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) provides both regular and emergency financial grants to eligible households to help pay heating and/or utility bills. HEAP benefits are funded by the federal government and administered through the New York State Department of Social Services. Individuals who are 60 or older and do not receive SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) benefits may contact their local Office for the Aging for eligibility requirements and to apply for benefits. 

Central Hudson customers who receive a HEAP benefit during the 2018-2019 HEAP season will be issued a monthly bill credit on their Central Hudson bill for a maximum of 12 months based on service type. Click here for more information on the Low Income Bill Discount Program.

The HEAP Cooling Assistance benefit opened May 1, 2019.  Click here for more information. 

Regular HEAP Benefit

2018-2019 season closed


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Oil, kerosene, or propane $675 - $726
Wood, coal, other deliverable fuels $525 - $576
Natural gas or electric heat $350 - $401
Eligible households who have heating costs included as part of their rent $30 or $35
Eligible households that live in government subsidized housing or a group home setting with heat included in their rent $21

Below are the current eligibility guidelines, based on household size and income:

Regular HEAP Benefit - Income Eligibility Guidelines

(Maximum Gross Income)

You may be eligible to receive HEAP benefits
Maximum Monthly
Gross Income
Maximum Annual
Gross Income
1 $2,391 $28,693
2 $3,127 $37,521
3 $3,863 $46,350
4 $4,598 $55,178
5 $5,334 $64,006
6 $6,070 $72,835
7 $6,208 $74,490
8 $6,346 $76,146
9 $6,483 $77,801
10 $6,621 $79,456
11 $6,918 $83,010

Customers may apply for Regular HEAP at or contact the Department of Social Services in their county of residence, listed below.

Who to contact

Questions regarding application for the HEAP program should be directed to the NYS HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009 or or the Office For the Aging at 1-800-342-9871 or

Emergency HEAP Benefit

2018-2019 season closed
Non-heating customers who have a Final Termination Notice who require electricity to run their heating unit, or heating customers with an Final Termination Notice or with less than ¼ tank of oil, kerosene or propane who have received Regular HEAP may be eligible for the benefits listed below.
Beginning Feb. 19, 2019, a second Emergency benefit was made available for households who have exhausted both the Regular and first Emergency HEAP benefits and who are in a heat or heat-related energy emergency, as defined by HEAP, and who meet the eligibility guidelines for Emergency benefit assistance.

Heat related electric $140
Natural gas or electric heat $350 - $490
Wood, coal, other deliverable fuels $525
Oil, kerosene, or propane $675

Customers who receive an Emergency HEAP grant will be provided with a new minimum deferred payment agreement.

Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement Benefit Component

The Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit component is available to help eligible low-income homeowners repair or replace furnaces, boilers and other direct heating equipment necessary to keep the home’s primary heating source functional. The Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit component for the 2018-2019 season is closed.

Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to replace or repair the applicant’s furnace, boiler, and/or other essential heating equipment, up to a maximum of $6,500.

To receive a benefit, an application must be made in person at the local Department of Social Services and the applicant must receive a determination from the local Department of Social Services that they have met all established eligibility criteria, including established income and resource requirements. Benefits are paid directly to vendors after completion of all work. Prior to the start of the repair or replacement, the work must be approved and authorized by the local Department of Social Services.

Additional assistance programs

Learn about offers from Central Hudson on the payment assistance programs page.

To check your eligibility for a wide range of New York state programs and services, click here.