Residents who need financial assistance to help them heat their homes this winter will be able to go to Queens Borough Hall beginning on Monday to apply for grants from the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
HEAP is a federally-funded grant program that helps low-income homeowners and renters defray the cost of home heating fuel. Eligible recipients can receive several hundred dollars per year.
HEAP’s equipment repair and replacement component will also be available this year to help eligible low-income homeowners repair or replace any broken heating equipment needed to keep a home’s primary heating source functional.
Grants of up to $6,500 will be awarded, based on the actual cost incurred to replace or repair an applicant’s furnace, boiler or other essential heating equipment. Applications can be made at the Borough Hall HEAP office or at other local HEAP offices.
“The inability to have adequate heat in one’s home is harmful to health and potentially life-threatening,” Borough President Helen Marshall said in a statement issued by her office last Tuesday. “That’s why all Queens residents who may have trouble paying their heating bills this winter should apply for help from HEAP. No one should be left in the cold.”
The Borough Hall HEAP Office is located at 120-55 Queens Blvd, Kew Gardens, in Room 225 on the second floor. It will be open from Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. until mid-March.
Individuals must meet income-eligibility requirements to receive HEAP benefits.
This year a family of four with a gross monthly income of $4,182 or less can receive benefits. The income threshold will increase or decrease depending on the size of a household.
Individuals must apply for HEAP benefits annually. That means someone who received a HEAP grant last year must re-apply again this year to receive HEAP benefits for the 2013-2014 season.