Important Message for Recipients Receiving SSP Benefits - April Payment Date Change for Direct Deposit

State Supplement Program (SSP) benefit direct deposit payments for April 2017 will be directly deposited on March 27, 2017. Paper checks are scheduled to arrive on or about March 31, 2017. This direct deposit payment schedule change is necessary to complete State Fiscal Year 2016-2017 closeout activities. This does not change the payment schedule for federal Supplemental Security Income (SSI) or any other benefits issued by the U.S. Social Security Administration. Please call the SSP Customer Support Center at 1-855-488-0541 between 8:30 am and 4:45 pm Monday through Friday if you have any questions.

Mensaje Importante para los Beneficiarios de Subsidios SSP – Cambio de Fecha del Pago de Abril de Depósito Directo

Last updated: March 17, 2017 at 10:00 AM

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State Announces Home Heating Help Available Beginning November 16

October 24, 2011 - The State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA) today announced that New York State's Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will open for the season on Wednesday, November 16. HEAP provides assistance to help low-income and elderly New Yorkers keep their homes warm in the winter months.

"As the cold weather approaches, so do higher energy bills, leaving many New Yorkers looking for help to cover these costs," said OTDA Executive Deputy Commissioner Elizabeth Berlin. "With heating oil prices significantly higher than a year ago, HEAP is providing vital assistance to the many individuals and families who may have difficulty affording the cost of heating their homes this winter."

HEAP is a federally-funded program administered through OTDA to help eligible households in meeting their home energy needs.

This winter, the maximum regular HEAP benefit a household can receive is $500. Eligibility is based on income and household size. For example, a family of four can have a household income of up to $49,519 annually and still qualify for a HEAP benefit.

Income eligible households in New York can receive one regular HEAP benefit per season and could also be eligible for an emergency benefit if they are in impending danger of running out of fuel or having their utility service shut off. Applications for emergency benefits will be accepted beginning January 3, 2012.

"We know that tens of thousands of households, including some of our most vulnerable residents, count on HEAP to help them get through these difficult months," Berlin said. "This program will once again provide some relief for low-income working families, as well as senior citizens who are on a fixed income."

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as HEAP benefits are awarded on a first-come, first-served basis. March 16, 2012, will be the last day for accepting applications for regular HEAP benefits.

New York residents can also check to see if they may be eligible for HEAP, and numerous other benefits, by answering a few questions privately online at

Last winter, more than 1.4 million households received HEAP benefits.

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