Ulster comptroller gives Department of Social Services good grades with HEAP

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HEAP applicants lined up in Sullivan
County on Monday

KINGSTON – An audit of the HEAP – Home Energy Assistance Program – which began Monday for this upcoming winter heating season, has given the Ulster County Department of Social Services good grades for its administration.
The audit, conducted by County Comptroller Elliott Auerbach’s Office,
looked at the 2014 heating sseason. He said the review of the audit of
the $7.4 million program, which processed 19,000 claims, demonstrated
the staff did a good job.
‘It is timely because we are entering into the heating season of 2015-2016 and I know the folks over at social services have been overwhelmed by applications, but this audit gives me the confidence and assurances of the great job that they have done,” Auerbach said.
In Sullivan County, officials have begun on a good footing following a
year of abysmal performance in handling HEAP applications. Bringing in
a new management team has turned that program around.  Sullivan’s
Deputy Health and Family Services Commissioner William Moon said
last week they are ready.  Moon encourages HEAP applicants to visit
one of several application locations, rather than converge on the Social
Services building in the Town of Liberty. There are locations in Monticello,
as well as in Woodbourne and the Village of Liberty.