There are important changes to the HEAP program this year, and a requirement for a full application and documentation of all income with proof.
The total amount of funding has been severely reduced, and HEAP benefits have been reduced for the 2011-2012 year.
For those that heat with oil, propane, or kerosene the maximum benefit is $500.
Those heating with electric, natural gas, wood, pellets, or coal the maximum benefit is $300.
Emergency benefits will not be available until after January 2, 2012.
It should also be noted that all HEAP benefits are distributed on a first come, first served basis.
The HEAP program does not officially open this year until November 16, 2011.
Herkimer County residents age 60 or older that did not receive HEAP last year and would like an application, can call the Office for the Aging to have an application mailed after the official opening of November 16th.
Income guidelines are: Household size of 1 person – monthly income $2,146. Household size of 2 people – monthly income of $2,806. Household size of 3 people – monthly income of $3,466.
Anyone over the age of 60 who received HEAP last year should already have received an application for the new HEAP season in the mail, unless they are now receiving Food Stamps or received Food Stamps last year.
The Office for the Aging can be reached at 867-1195.