Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded energy program designed to assist eligible low-income households in meeting their heat-related energy costs.  HEAP is comprised of four components:  Regular, Emergency, Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement, and Cooling Assistance. 
For the 2016 - 2017 HEAP program year, Regular HEAP opens Monday, November 14, 2016.  The Heating Equipment Repair/Replacement program opens Monday, November 7, 2016 and Emergency HEAP opens Tuesday, January 3, 2017.  All applications will be processed through Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services.
HEAP applications can be submitted online. This is the quickest and most efficient method for submitting your application. There is no need to come into the office.  An interview will be conducted by phone. For more information, view a quick informational video.

Regular HEAP

Regular HEAP Benefits (starting November 14, 2016) are provided to eligible homeowners and renters, including those that have heat and utilities included in their rent.
  • Heating benefits range from $350 to $626 for regular HEAP
  • Persons whose heat is included in their rent will receive benefits ranging from $21 to $35
  • Payments vary depending on household income and type of heating
  • You may be eligible for regular HEAP even if you have money in the bank, stocks, bonds, or other resources
Income Guidelines
The following table illustrates the current 2016 - 2017 HEAP Income Guidelines:
Household Size
Gross Monthly Income

Emergency HEAP

Emergency HEAP Benefits (Starting January 3, 2017) are available to persons who are eligible for HEAP and have an energy-related emergency such as:
  • Heat scheduled to be shut off
  • Heat related utility scheduled to be shut off
  • Have less than 10 days or having less than one quarter of the households fuel tank (based on standard 275-gallon tank) supply of heating fuel including fuel oil, propane, wood, or coal 
These benefits are available in addition to regular HEAP benefits.

Eligible persons must have heating and/or electric bill in the applicant's name and reside in the dwelling for which assistance is requested.

Exempt Resources
Resources that were exempt for regular HEAP are considered in the determination of eligibility for emergency HEAP. 

How to Apply

  • Apply online - Documents can be scanned and submitted electronically
  • Call 716-753-4385 and request that an application be mailed to you. Completed paper applications may be submitted by mail to:

                Chautauqua County Department of Health and Human Services
                HEAP Office 
                7 N. Erie St.
                Mayville, NY  14757

  • Paper applications can be faxed to the Mayville HEAP Office at 716-753-4649.
  • Paper applications can also be submitted in person at the Department of Health and Human Services at the Jamestown and Dunkirk locations. Contact information is provided on the right.


There is no need to come into the office, all Regular and Emergency HEAP interviews may be conducted by phone. Additional information regarding the HEAP program, including where and how to apply, can be obtained by calling the Mayville HEAP Office at 716-753-4385.  If you are currently receiving Temporary Assistance and/or SNAP benefits, you may contact your assigned worker with questions about HEAP. 

Heating Equipment Repair/Replacement
The Heating Equipment Repair/Replacement program is intended to provide assistance for repairing or replacing essential primary home heating equipment.  You must have an in person interview in either the South County Office Building, 110 E. Fourth Street, Jamestown, NY  14701 or in the Dunkirk office at 319 Central Avenue, Dunkirk, NY 14048. 

Eligible persons must be the documented homeowner of the dwelling where the heating equipment is in need of repair or replacement and have both owned and resided in the dwelling for the 12 months preceding the month of application.  Eligibility must be determined and approved by the Department of Health and Human Services prior to any work being done on the heating equipment.