HEAP requests to be submitted before the end of the month
National Grid is urging its Capital Region customers who need help paying their energy bills to apply now for federally funded help through the Home Energy Assistance Program and the HEAP emergency program.
Although the deadline has been extended to August 31 to help those whose finances have been affected during the COVID-19 pandemic, clients are encouraged to apply immediately as funding is limited. Funding is provided on a first come, first served basis.
HEAP helps income-eligible families pay their energy bills and provides assistance to households in the event of a heating or heating energy emergency. The funds do not need to be repaid.
The level of funding varies depending on household income, household composition and type of heating fuel relative to income. The required income is based on the last four weeks of household income.
For example, a family of four with a gross income of four weeks before deductions of up to $ 5,019 might qualify for the HEAP. Clients who may not have been eligible in the past are encouraged to apply.
Customers who receive HEAP funding will also automatically be enrolled in National Grid’s Energy Affordability Program, which provides monthly bill credits.
National Grid has created a one-stop-shop (https://www.nationalgridus.com/Upstate-NY-Home/Bill-Help/Grant-Programs) with all the information customers need to apply for the grants, including information eligibility, documents needed for the application process, links to HEAP applications, Emergency HEAP, and the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance website.
National Grid also encourages customers in the Capital Region to verify their eligibility for the New York State Emergency Rental Assistance Program which, among other aids, covers up to 12 months of arrears payment. of utilities for New York households in need, regardless of their immigration status.