Immediate Release

Tuesday, October 23, 2007 

For Information Contact

798-5800

Picente: Oneida County HEAP Program
Begins Taking Applications on Nov. 1st

 

Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., today announced that Oneida County will begin accepting applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), on November 1st.

“HEAP is a valuable program to help people meet the staggering costs of heating their homes,” Picente said. “I am pleased to announce that there has been an increase in the maximum benefit that could be available to an eligible applicant and I encourage anyone who is eligible to apply.”

HEAP assists eligible low-income households with heating costs, heat related utility costs and applicant-owned heating equipment repair or replacement. Eligibility for a regular benefit is based on gross income and household size.

The regular benefit amount ranges from $40.00 to $540.00, an increase of $15.00 to $140.00 for some benefit levels.  The amount is based on income, household size, heat source and the presence of a vulnerable household member. Vulnerable means someone age 60 or older or under age 6 or in receipt of SSI, social security disability or veterans disability benefits. There need not be a vulnerable household member to receive a benefit. Also, available resources are considered when determining eligibility for an emergency benefits.

Picente said that the Heating Equipment Repair/Replacement component of the HEAP Program is open year round. Those seeking assistance for heating equipment repair or replacement must apply at the Oneida County Department of Social Services. Please call the local office for further information.

Income guidelines have increased slightly for the 2007-2008 program year. The following chart lists the maximum weekly, bi-weekly and monthly gross income according to household size.    

HH SIZE

WEEKLY

BI-WEEKLY

MONTHLY

1

$432.92

$865.84

$1,876

2

$566.30

$1,132.60

$2,454

3

$699.46

$1,398.92

$3,031

4

$832.84

$1,665.68

$3,609

5

$966.00

$1,932.00

$4,186

6

$1,099.15

$2,198.30

$4,763

7

$1,124.07

$2,248.14

$4,871

8

$1,149.23

$2,298.46

$4,980

9

$1,174.15

$2,348.30

$5,088

10

$1,199.07

$2,398.14

$5,196

11

$1,298.30

$2,596.60

$5,626

11+

$100.38

$200.76

$435

The New York State Department of Temporary Assistance will be mailing applications  to senior citizens and code A SSI recipients that received a benefit in the 2006-2007 benefit year. The mailings will be staggered according to zip code and started in August. Seniors who did not receive a benefit last year but wish to receive an application in the mail may call 798-5456 and request to be added to the mailing list.

Eligible households in receipt of Temporary Assistance or Food Stamps may receive automatic payments and need only apply if an automatic payment is not received or if an emergency strikes.  

For those needing assistance completing the application help is available. If you are a senior citizen or disabled contact The Office for the Aging at 798-5456. Otherwise contact Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency at 339-5460.

Picente said that the County will operate three offices at which County resident may apply for HEAP assistance.

  • Oneida County Department of Social Services-Temporary and Disability Assistance, HEAP Department, 800 Charlotte Street, Utica. Phone: 798-5559
  • Oneida County Department of Social Services-Temporary and Disability Assistance, HEAP Department, 230 West Dominick Street, Rome. Phone: 338-0240
  • Mohawk Valley Community Action, 207 North James Street , Rome . Phone: 339-5640

The Oneida County offices take applications Monday through Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM on a first come, first serve basis with priority given to those in an emergency situation. Those seeking assistance for heating equipment repair or replacement must apply at the Department of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

 Mohawk Valley Community Action gives appointments and is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 5:00 PM and on Friday from 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM. Emergencies will be assisted immediately but may still be given an appointment.

 In addition to seeing people in the office on North James Street , Mohawk Valley Community Action will have outreach sites available. The locations, dates and times will be published at a later date. The Office for the Aging also provides outreach service sites. Please call 798-5456 for the locations, dates and times.