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 2015-2016*

Household Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income Maximum Gross Annual Income
1 $2,244 $26,931
2 $2,935 $35,217
3 $3,625 $43,504
4 $4,316 $51,790
5 $5,006 $60,076
6 $5,697 $68,363
7 $6,122 $73,460
8 $6,815 $81,780
9 $7,508 $90,100
10 $8,202 $98,420
11 $8,895 $106,740
Each Additional Add $693

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