How to Apply

How to Apply

How to Apply

Let the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) help you with your gas bills. Funds are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Don’t delay.

If you are receiving temporary assistance or food stamps, you do not need to apply for HEAP. Your HEAP benefit will be applied to your gas bill automatically.

However, if your gas is off or you have a shutoff notice, visit your county’s HEAP location to apply in person.

Visit Erie County’s website. Select ‘Calendar’ for the 2020-2021 HEAP Outreach Calendar (a listing of HEAP outreach sites).

Applying by Mail

Send your application to the address stamped on the application.

If you received HEAP last year you will need to submit:

  • A completed application
  • Proof of earned income for the past four weeks

NOTE: Proof of unearned income (SSD, Social Security, workers’ comp., etc.) is not required.

If you DID NOT receive HEAP last year you will need to submit:

  • A completed application
  • Proof of earned income for the past four weeks
  • Proof of unearned income
  • Proof of each household member’s identity (one of the following for each member: birth certificate, Social Security card, driver’s license, marriage certificate, school records or baptismal certificate)
  • A valid Social Security number for each household member
  • A utility bill if you pay for heat or proof that you pay rent that includes heat
  • Proof of residence (one of the following: utility bill, homeowner’s insurance policy, deed, tax bill or current rent receipt with name and address of tenant and landlord or lease with name and address)
  • Proof of vulnerability, if applicable

NOTE: A phone interview may be required if you do not apply in person. Be sure to provide a working phone number for the county to reach you.

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