Home Energy Assistance Program

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federal grant program that helps eligible households pay for energy costs, repairs and weatherization.

Income eligible customers may receive one regular HEAP benefit per season. In addition to regular HEAP, the household may also be eligible for emergency HEAP benefits. The number of emergency benefits varies per season depending on the availability of funds.

For more information or to apply for a HEAP grant, visit http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/

HEAP Regular Arrears Supplement Benefit is currently open

The Regular Arrears Supplement Benefit helps HEAP-eligible households pay for gas and/or electricity utility arrears. The Regular Arrears Supplement is a one-time benefit based on the actual amount of current utility arrears, up to a maximum of $10,000 per household. Benefits are paid directly to the household’s gas and/or electric utility vendor(s). Secured through the American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, this new federal funding comes as the end of the moratorium on utility disconnections approaches in late December.

Regular HEAP is currently open

Emergency HEAP will open January 3, 2022

If you are having trouble paying your RG&E bills, don't wait, contact us immediately at 877.266.3492. Together we can work on a solution.

To qualify for a HEAP grant, your household income must fall within HEAP guidelines.


2021-2022 Income Eligibility Guidelines for HEAP

Household Size Monthly Income (Gross)
1 $2,729
2 $3,569
3 $4,409
4 $5,249
5 $6,088
6 $6,928
7 $7,086
8 $7,243
9 $7,401
10 $7,558
11 $7,715
12 $7,873
13 $8,420
Each additional person  Add $568

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