County Executive Andy Spano is reminding Westchester residents of the financial assistance they can get to help pay their heating bill this winter. Applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) are now available at many locations in Westchester.
“Last year, we were able to help more than 10,700 Westchester households,” Spano said. “Although home heating costs are not expected to rise significantly this season, the cost is still prohibitive for many people, especially those on fixed incomes. I urge those individuals and families who qualify based on their income to apply for aid from the HEAP program.”
The federally funded HEAP Program, administered by the Westchester County Department of Social Services, assists eligible low-income, elderly and disabled persons with their home-heating costs. Qualified households can receive assistance this winter; the amount will vary depending upon what type of fuel is used and on whether heat is included in rent payments.
Last winter, Westchester households that qualified for assistance received a combined total of $1,377,901 from the program. Exactly how much will be available this year depends on how cold the winter is and how great the need is.
Temporary assistance customers whose cases were opened after September 9, 2006, as well as Food Stamp customers whose cases were opened after September 16, 2006 should contact their Social Services District Office if they wish to apply for HEAP. Customers with cases open prior to these dates have had their HEAP eligibility automatically determined and do not have to file an application.
Westchester residents who are not receiving Temporary Assistance or Food Stamps may apply for HEAP by calling one of seven local Community Action Program (CAP) offices, or by calling Westchester Community Opportunities Program, Inc. (WESTCOP) at (914) 592-5600.
In addition, the elderly, disabled and SSI recipients may receive assistance in applying for HEAP by calling the Westchester County Department of Senior Programs and Services at (914) 813-6300.
Households not receiving Temporary Assistance or Food Stamps may be eligible for HEAP assistance if their gross monthly income falls within the following range:
Household Size Gross - Monthly Income
1 - $1,764.00
2 - $2,307.00
3 - $2,850.00
4 - $3,393.00
5 - $3,936.00
6 - $4,479.00
7 - $4,580.00
8 - $4,682.00
9 - 4,784.00
10 - $5,050.00
11 - $5,475.00
For more information on these levels, where you can get an application form or if you are facing a heat emergency, call the Department of Social Services HEAP line at (914) 995-5619. More information is also available on line at www.westchestergov.com and while applications can be printed out on line, most applicants will need to apply in person to present documentation as part of the application process. It is recommended that applications be completed and returned as soon as possible.