Emergency Benefits

If you are eligible, the Emergency HEAP Benefit can help you heat your home if you are in a heat or heat-related emergency.

Emergency HEAP benefits and eligiblity are based on:

  • Income
  • Available resources
  • The type of emergency

You may be eligible for an Emergency HEAP benefit if:

  • Your electricity is necessary for your heating system or thermostat to work and is either shut off or scheduled to be shut off.
  • Your electric or natural gas heat is off or scheduled to be shut off.
  • You are out of fuel, or you have less than one-quarter tank of fuel oil, kerosene or propane, or have less than a ten (10)-day supply of wood, wood pellets, corn or other deliverable heat source.

-AND-

  • Your income is at or below current income guidelines as postd in the table below, or you receive Family Assistance, Safety Net Assistance, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) or Code A Supplemental Security Income.
  • The heating and/or electric bill is in your name.
  • Your household's available resources are:

        - less than $2,000 if no member of the household is aged 60 or older; OR

        - less than $3,000 if any member of your household is aged 60 or older.

Emergency Heat and Heat-related HEAP Benefit Amounts for 2018-2019

Type of Emergency

                                             Amount

Heat Related Domestic (electric service required to operate heating equipment)

$140

Natural Gas Heat Only

$350

Natural Gas Combined with Heat Related Domestic

$490

Electric Heat Combined with Heat Related Domestic

$490

Non-utility heating fuel (oil, kerosene, and propane)

$675

Non-utility heating fuel (wood, pellets, coal, corn, etc.)

$525

Your total household gross monthly income for your household size must be at or below the following guidelines:


2018-2019 HEAP Benefit Gross Monthly Income Guidelines

Household Size

     Maximum Gross Monthly Income

1

$2,391

2

$3,127

3

$3,863

4

$4,598

5

$5,334

6

$6,070

7

$6,208

8

$6,346

9

$6,483

10

$6,621

11

$6,918

Each additional

Add $540

Documentation Requirements for Emergency HEAP

If Household received a Regular HEAP Benefit this season:

  • Shut-off notice or statement of low-fuel supply from company.
  • Proof of all household liquid resources.
  • One form of ID for any new household members (who were not listed on Regular HEAP application).

If Household did not receive a Regular benefit this season:

  • For main source of heat, no Emergency benefit is available until Regular benefit is exhausted.
  • Applicant may apply for Emergency benefits for "heat-related' electric, and Regular benefit for main source of heat simulataneously, and must provide all documentation for Regular and Emergency HEAP.