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Home Energy Assistance Program season begins Nov. 19

November 21, 2012
Westfield Republican / Mayville Sentinel News

The New York State Home Energy Assistance Program starts Monday, Nov. 19. HEAP is a federally funded home energy assistance program intended to assist low-income households in meeting their heating expenses.

Base benefits can range from $400 to $600. For those eligible households with heat included in their rent, the benefit will be $20 or $25. For households heating with kerosene, oil and propane the base benefit is $600. For households heating with wood, coal or other deliverable fuel the base benefit is $500.

Customers under the age of 60 who are not receiving public assistance and/or food stamps (SNAP) and did not receive HEAP last year may apply at Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc., in Dunkirk - 10825 Bennett Rd. - or in Jamestown - 402 Chandler St. Hours of service are Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and Thursdays from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Appointments are not needed and applications should be completed prior to arriving.

New this year, anyone who received HEAP benefits last year now has the option to apply online at A printable application is also available online or one may be picked up at COI offices. Customers may call toll free at (855) 755-0489 for more information.

All HEAP applicants must be at or below the income eligibility guidelines.

The 2012-2013 income guidelines are (household size, income limit per month): one, $2,138; two, $2,796; three, $3,453; four, $4,111; five, $4,769; six, $5,427; seven, $5,550; eight, $5,673; nine, $5,797; 10, $5,920; 11, $6,346; each additional person, add $495.

All required documentation along with a completed application must be provided at the time of application. Supporting documents, including proof of income and heating bills are required at time of application. For a complete list of necessary documents, visit the website or call the toll free number. Anyone with incomplete or missing documentation will have their application pended for a maximum of 10 days. If the documentation has not been provided within that time frame, the application will be denied. Those having a heating emergency should contact the Department of Social Services at 753-4421.



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