The 2022-2023 Regular Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefit is scheduled to open on November 1, 2022. If you are eligible, you may receive one regular HEAP benefit per program year to help you pay for heating your home. The type of assistance does not have to be paid back. The 2022-2023 Emergency benefit is scheduled to open on January 3, 2023. If you are eligible, the Emergency HEAP Benefit can help you heat your home if you are in a heat or heat related emergency. This type of assistance must be paid back. To learn more, visit OTDA’s website on HEAP.
NSLS’ Public Benefits Unit provides legal assistance to persons who experience problems with public benefits programs which are administered by the local Departments of Social Services, including:
Welfare (TANF and Safety Net)
Food Stamps (SNAP)
Child Care Assistance
Emergency shelter for the homeless
Unemployment insurance appeals and overpayments
Other emergency assistance programs
We also assist low-income households in establishing Supplemental Needs Trusts to eliminate the Medicaid spend-down and assist homeless families to obtain rent supplements from DSS to enable families to leave the shelters or retain permanent housing. Suffolk residents west of 112 can call 631-232-2400 and east of 112 can call 631-369-1112. Nassau residents can call 516-292-8100.
All of our offices are now open to the public and accepting walk-ins.