Reminder: HEAP Program Kicks Off November 16th

(Liberty, NY – 10:00 AM) – County Manager David P Fanslau has announced that plans are in place for the accepting of applications for the HEAP program. “Sullivan County residents should be advised that the 20011-12 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin on Wednesday, November 16, 2011. HEAP is a federally-funded program that issues heating benefits to supplement a household’s annual energy cost, and may help residents pay for electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal or any other heating fuel. In the 2011-2012 HEAP season the emergency benefit will be available on and after January 3, 2012.

Any household which includes a person 60 years of age and over, a child under 6 or a disabled individual who received HEAP benefits during last year’s program will have an application for the 2011-2012 HEAP benefits mailed directly to them at their residence. The application can be mailed back with the supporting documentation. Recipients who do not meet the above criteria and who received a benefit from last year’s program may request a application be mailed to them and may return it through the mail or by dropping it off at the Sullivan County Department of Family Services Travis Building. Although a face to face interview is not required for these applicants, the supporting documentation is required.

“Even with the large volume of applicants anticipated this HEAP season, HEAP is a federally-funded program that has never “run out” of money or benefits in Sullivan County,” Fanslau added. County officials are suggesting to residents that unless residents are at or below ¼ tank of fuel, they should try to file their application later in November. If residents are at or below ¼ of a tank, they are advised to apply as soon as possible. If you have never applied for HEAP in prior years, an application must be completed and a face to face interview conducted.

Senior citizens (60 and over) and disabled individuals are asked to apply at the Sullivan County Office for the Aging, 1st Floor, County Government Center, 100 North Street, Monticello, New York.

All other applicants can apply at the Sullivan County Department of Family Services, Travis Building, 16 Community Lane, Liberty, N.Y. The Travis building will be accepting regular applicants from 8:00am to 1:00pm, Monday through Friday, and emergency applicants until 5:00pm.

Eligibility for the program is based on income and your housing situation. Your total gross monthly income for your household size must be at or below the following:

1 person $2,146
2 people $2,806
3 people $3,466
4 people $4,127
5 people $4,787
6 people $5,447
7 people $5,571
8 people $5,695
9 people $5,818
10 people $5,942
11 people $6,136
Each Additional Person: Add $478

You must also live in an eligible housing situation. This generally means that you must pay directly for heating costs with the bill being in the recipient’s name. Some limited assistance is available, if specific criteria is met, to some renters that have heating costs included in the rent. If you live in subsidized housing, you must pay heating costs separately from your rent. Individual applicants must be U.S. citizens or qualified aliens.

In order to be eligible for emergency benefits after January 3, 2012 a household/applicant must be in an emergency situation. An emergency situation is defined as having at or below ¼ of a tank of fuel. If utility service is terminated, or utility service is scheduled for termination, then HEAP may be able to assist with the problem if the utility is required for the heating source. The household/applicant must meet the above income guidelines and:

  • Be the customer (bill must be in recipient’s name)
  • Reside in the dwelling
  • Having insufficient liquid resources to meet the emergency

To apply for benefits you will need to provide a completed application along with the minimum:

  • Proof of everyone who lives in your household (birth certificate & social security card, driver license, etc.)
  • Proof of total household income (any kind of income)
  • Proof of total house hold expenses, verifying that you live at the address provided on the application.
  • Heat vendor information, including account number

You may be asked to provide additional information at your individual interview. You will have 10 days in which to provide any requested documents.

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For more information about HEAP, please contact the HEAP office at 845-807-0142, or visitwww.otda.state.ny.us/main/heap/apply.asp for state information. A brochure is also available in English atwww.otda.state.ny.us/main/publications/4735.pdf or in Spanish at www.odta.state.ny.us/main/publications/4735-SP.pdf