2012-2013 Home Energy Assistance Program
You may qualify for assistance with your home energy costs this 2012-2013 Winter Season in Cattaraugus County.
Individuals 60 and Older
During the month of January, the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging will be assisting individuals ages 60 and older, with Home Energy Assistance Program applications.
Senior citizens in Cattaraugus County who received a regular HEAP benefit last HEAP season will receive an application by mail, this year.
Maximum income eligibility guidelines are $2,138 per month, for a household of one person and $2,796 for a two-person household. Higher income limits exist for larger households.
The Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging said that individuals should continue making payments to their utility companies. HEAP benefits are not intended to replace regular utility payments. HEAP credits can take more than three months to appear on utility bills.
Senior citizens who have questions about HEAP may call the department of the aging. Help completing the application is available by scheduling an appointment at the main office or by visiting one of the outreach sites, listed below.
This year’s local outreach schedule is as follows:
- Delevan Senior Wellness and Nutrition site, Jan. 3, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
- Gowanda SWAN site, Dec 13 and Feb. 14, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
- West Valley SWAN site, Jan. 17, 11:45 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.
- Yorkshire Corners Apartments, Jan. 13, 10:45 – 11:45 a.m.
The above HEAP outreach schedule is subject to change, without notice.
For more information about HEAP or any other services available for local seniors, call the Cattaraugus County Department of the Aging at 373-8032 or 800-462-2901.
Individuals Younger than 60
HEAP may help you pay for Electricity, Propane, Natural Gas, Wood, Oil, Kerosene, Coal, or any other heating fuel.
- Regular Benefit The HEAP regular benefit component assists low-income New Yorkers with the cost of heating their homes. Applications for regular HEAP benefits will be accepted beginning November 19, 2012.
- Emergency Benefit The HEAP emergency benefit component assists qualifying low-income New Yorkers who are facing a heat or heat related energy emergency and do not have resources above the established limits. Applications for heat or heat related emergency benefits will be accepted beginning January 2, 2013. If you have an emergency, contact local department of social services office.
- Heating Equipment Repair or Replacement The heating equipment repair and replacement component is available to help eligible low-income homeowners repair or replace primary heating equipment necessary to keep the home’s primary heating source functional. Applications for heating equipment repair or replacement benefits for the 2012-2013 HEAP program will be accepted beginning October 1, 2012.
- Income Guidelines 2012-13 HEAP Gross Monthly Income Guidelines
Call (716) 373-8065 and ask about HEAP in Cattaraugus County.
Download the HEAP flyer listing requirements and what to bring when applying.
There is more information about HEAP in New York State at http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/