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Reminder on heating aid
Assemb. Jim Conte (R-Huntington Station) is encouraging eligible homeowners to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to help offset the costs of heating one’s home this winter. Individuals interested in receiving the Regular Benefit component of the 2009-10 HEAP may apply for the program starting Nov. 2.Conte noted that due to last year’s delays in administering the program, the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance is allowing applicants who received HEAP benefits last year to mail in their applications for Regular HEAP in advance of the program starting date, which is November 2, 2009. Regular benefit applications are being mailed to all households that received a HEAP benefit in 2008-09. The mail-in option may be helpful in reducing long waiting times for the program. HEAP is a federally-funded program that assists eligible households in meeting their home energy needs. HEAP is provided through the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance and managed by local county social services departments. To find out if you qualify for the program, residents may call the Suffolk County Department of Social Services HEAP Hotline at 631-853-8825 or visit the state’s Web site at: www.otda.state.ny.us/main/heap/ or call the HEAP hotline at (800)-342-3009 The county department of social services will help individuals obtain and fill out the appropriate HEAP application to determine funding amounts. “If this fall is any indication of how cold this year’s winter will be, homeowners and tenants will be running their thermostats on high all winter,” said Conte. “Unfortunately, for many seniors and families, the rising cost of home heating has become a major financial strain on their budgets. To offset this, I encourage all eligible individuals to apply for HEAP.”
HEAP funding levels for qualified households vary and the amount of financial assistance available is based on several factors, including income, heating expense, number of family members who reside in the household and type of heat used. In addition, the amount of aid received is also affected by whether an individual pays directly for heat or makes payments through their rent.
Here is the 2009-2010 HEAP Benefit Gross Monthly Income Guidelines. Please note, one’s total gross monthly income for household size must be at or below the following guidelines:
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“Due to limited funding for HEAP, I urge all residents who feel they qualify for the program to apply as soon as possible to help offset the rising costs of home heating,” Conte said. “For further assistance or questions regarding HEAP, please contact my district office at 631-271-8025.”
Jen Pratico is a legislative aide to Conte
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