Monday, November 3, 2008
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County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that
is a valuable program to help people meet the staggering costs of heating
their homes,” Picente said. “
assists low-income households with heating costs. This is done by providing
a one time per program year benefit to eligible households. This benefit is
sent directly to the household’s heating or utility vendor. HEAP consists
of three components: regular HEAP, emergency HEAP and Heating Equipment
for a regular benefit is based on gross income and household size. All
available resources are considered when determining eligibility for an
emergency benefit. The income guidelines have increased slightly for
2008-2009. This chart lists the maximum monthly, bi-weekly and weekly gross
income according to household size.
regular benefit amount ranges up to $800, an increase over last year’s
benefit levels. The benefit amount is calculated on a point system and
points are based on gross monthly income, household size, heat source and
the presence of a vulnerable household member. Vulnerable is defined as
someone age 60 or older or under age 6 or in receipt of SSI, social security
disability or veterans’ disability benefits. There need not be a
vulnerable household member to receive a benefit.
benefits are available for heating equipment repair and replacement, heating
fuel and heat related utility emergencies for eligible households. An
emergency is defined as equal toor less than ¼ of a tank of fuel oil,
kerosene or propane, less than 10 days supply of wood or other fuel or
within three days of termination for a heat/utility account or applicant
owned heating equipment that is inoperable or unsafe to use.
The Heating Equipment Repair/Replacement
component of the HEAP Program is open year round. Eligibility for the
Heating Equipment Repair/Replacement component is based on the same criteria
as the emergency benefit but also includes verification of ownership,
mortgage and taxes must not be delinquent and the residence must be in
compliance with the Property Maintenance Code of New York State. For heating
equipment replacement only, up to $3000.00 in available liquid resources may
be exempt. Households may only receive a furnace replacement once every ten
years. Applications for this program component are taken only at the
Department of Social Services offices in
households in receipt of Temporary Assistance or Food Stamps may receive
automatic payments and need only apply if an automatic payment is not
received or if an emergency situation arises.
may be obtained at the following locations:
Oneida County Department of Social Services, HEAP Department,
Oneida County Department of Social
Services, HEAP Department,
Valley Community Action gives appointments and is opened Monday through
Thursday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and Friday 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Emergencies
will be assisted immediately but may still be given an appointment. You may
also call to make an appointment.
addition to seeing people in the office on
Office for the Aging also provides outreach service sites. Please call
798-5456 for the locations, dates and times.
senior who did not receive a benefit last year but wishes to receive an
application in the mail may call 798-5456 and request to be added to the
is available for those who need assistance completing the application. If
you are a senior citizen or disabled contact The Office for the Aging at
The New York State Department of Temporary Assistance will be mailing applications to senior citizens and code A SSI recipients that received a benefit in the 2007-2008 benefit year.