This policy directive has been revised to include the following changes.
• The Program Description section has been updated to include:
?? a statement that for Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (“E” HEAP) applicants who have already received a Regular Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefit in the current season, a face-to-face interview is not required except for furnace replacements.
?? a requirement for all heating service contracts for applicants to include:
– a cost to the customer specifically for the contract.
– a clause stating that ongoing service beyond single cleaning and adjustment is not covered by the service contract.
– a clause that voids the contract with no refund to the customer if delivery is taken from an alternative supplier.
?? a statement that applicants who use oil, kerosene, or propane for heating will now receive a one-time flat benefit of $800
?? a statement that effective January 1, 2009, a $100 regular benefit supplement will be implemented for all HEAP households who pay directly to a fuel vendor or utility company for heat.
• The Food Stamp (FS) Implications section has been revised to add that a $1.00 Regular HEAP benefit will now be available for FS participants residing in subsidized housing with heat-included Shelter Type Code 02, 38, or 40); those residing in a congregate care facility or group home with Shelter Type Code 10, 12, 13, 15,16, 17, or 42; and New York State Nutrition Improvement Project(NYSNIP) cases with Shelter Type Code 96 or 97.