EmPower New York Eligibility Guidelines

Homeowners and renters must meet income requirements to qualify for EmPower New York. You may be eligible if you can answer “yes” to these statements:

  • I live in a home or building with 100 units or fewer
  • My household income is below 60 percent of the state median income (same eligibility as regular HEAP benefits; see the chart below to see if your income fits EmPower New York Guidelines)
    OR
    I participate in a utility payment assistance program
  • I am an electricity or natural gas customer of Central Hudson, Con Edison, National Fuel, National Grid (Upstate, Metro and Long Island), NYSEG, Orange and Rockland, Rochester Gas & Electric and pay SBC
    OR
    heat with oil, propane, or kerosene
  • I am responsible for paying utility bills 

EmPower New York Income Eligibility Guidelines 2014-2015*

Household Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income Maximum Gross Annual Income
1 $2,194 $26,328
2 $2,869 $34,428
3 $3,544 $42,528
4 $4,219 $50,628
5 $4,864 $58,368
6 $5,569 $66,828
7 $6,005 $72,060
8 $6,682 $80,180
9 $7,358 $88,300
10 $8,035 $96,420
11 $8,712 $104,540
Each Additional Add $677

*The current income guidelines for EmPower New York are set at 60% of the state median income.