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Do You Need Help Paying Your Energy Bills?

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Can Help

help paying bills new yorkThe past two years have been full of challenges, and this year is off to an uncertain start. Perhaps an illness (whether Covid or something else), the loss of a spouse, the loss of a job, etc. has left you struggling financially. And now, with world events causing the price of gas and oil to reach historic highs, even if you were making ends meet before, you might now or soon find yourself struggling to pay your energy bills. If that’s the case, Black Bear Fuel Oil, Plumbing, Heating, & Air Conditioning wants you to know that there are resources available to you. As a resident of Sullivan County, Orange County, or Ulster County, you may qualify for the Home Energy Assistance Program.

There is no shame in asking for help. This is an unprecedented and difficult time for all of us.

The Home Energy Assistance Program: An Overview

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is administered by the Department of Social Service to help low-income individuals pay their heating bills. If you qualify, your benefits may be paid directly to your fuel provider. You may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year. However, there are also emergency benefits for people who are close to running out of fuel or at risk of having their utility shut off.

HEAP is available to customers who heat their home with any of the following products that Black Bear provides:

It is also available to customers who use coal, corn, electricity, natural gas, or wood to heat their homes.

HEAP Eligibility

Your HEAP eligibility and benefits are based on the following:

  • Your income
  • The size of your household
  • Your primary heating source (see above)
  • If someone in your household is younger than 6, older than 60, or permanently disabled

Black Bear will always be here for you.

Even if your financial circumstances change, you’re still a valued customer. Black Bear is proud to be a HEAP participating vendor.

Black Bear Fuel Oil, Plumbing, Heating & Air Conditioning offers our customers competitive prices, reliable delivery, 24-hour emergency heating service, and convenient payment options. Plus, our large fleet of trucks are always ready to deliver to our Sullivan, Orange, and Ulster country customers.

Black Bear is here to keep you comfortable all year long. Contact us today to learn more.