Heating assistance applications taken starting Nov. 1
Thursday, October 28, 2010 - 6:25 am

The St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services says it will begin accepting applications Nov. 1 for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

The program is aimed at assisting lower-income people and families with heating costs for winter.

The income guidelines for the 2010-2011 program are as follows:

• In a household of one person, the maximum monthly income for eligibility is $2,129

• Household of two, $2,784

• Household of three, $3,439

• Household of four, $4,094

• Household of 5, $4,749

• Household of six, $5,404

• Household of seven, $5,527

• Household of eight, $5,650

• Household of nine, $5,773

• Household of 10, $5,896

• Household of 11, $6,029

• Each additional person, $468.

The regular benefit is based on income. If you received a benefit in the 2009-2010 season, you will be able to apply through the mail. Any of these households that did not already receive a HEAP application in the mail should call 379-2303 on or after Nov. 1 to request an application.

This HEAP season most applicants will be able to apply through the mail. The emergency benefit is based on income and available resources.

The HEAP Program also helps with furnace repair and replacement if the applicant owns and is living in the home requesting service. Anyone interested in applying should contact the Department of Social Services at 379-2303 to set up an interview or request an application be sent to your address. Also, you can communicate to the HEAP Unit by e-mail at [email protected] or [email protected].

Households receiving Food Stamps or Public Assistance do not ordinarily need to complete a HEAP application.

Any questions about HEAP can be directed to the HEAP Unit at 379-2303.

HEAP applications can also be accepted at the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services in Canton; in Massena at St. Vincent De Paul Society, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., call for an appointment, 769-1200; in Ogdensburg at Catholic Charities, by appointment only, call 393-2660; and in Gouverneur at the Neighborhood Center, Monday to Friday 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., call or stop in for appointment, 287-3370.