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SNAP Alert: Update on Heat and Eat program

DTA and the Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) have a special "Heat and Eat" Fuel Assistance program, or H-EAT. This program has helped thousands of elderly and disabled households qualify for higher SNAP benefits. We are writing to share some updates with the DTA Heat and Eat process.

DTA recently shared in an Online Guide Transmittal that the Heat and Eat protocol has changed a bit--households who are eligible for Heat and Eat will now be put on the Heat and Eat list twice a month (instead of only once a month). This is a helpful step in making this process easier and better for clients.

Attached is an overview of Heat and Eat, including two case examples that explain the process.

If you have questions about Heat and Eat please contact Vicky Negus at

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