HEAP season begins across the region, state

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MID-HUDSON – Applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), for low-income residents, are now being accepted across New York, including Mid-Hudson and Catskills counties.

Sullivan County Health and Family Services Commissioner Joseph Todora said his office has probably already authorized about 5,000 recipients.”

Todora said those who received HEAP last year should have received an application in the mail.  If you did not, or are new to the program, you can apply online HERE, or at one of several locations in Sullivan County. They include the Office for the Aging, the Action Toward Independence, at the Independent Living, as well as Head Start.

Dutchess County Executive Marcus Molinaro announced on Wednesday that the county Department of Community and Family Services is also now accepting HEAP applications.

Orange County Social Services Commissioner Darcie Miller noted HEAP benefit components have been extended through June 30 or until the funds allocated to these components are exhausted, whichever occurs first. A third emergency benefit will also be available to eligible households experiencing a crisis or life-threatening heat or heat-related energy emergency.

“I want to make sure that residents are aware of the help that is available, especially during the COVID-19 crisis,” said Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus. “Working together with our state and local partners, we are committed to administering these benefit programs to ensure that those in need receive the support and services that they are eligible for. Both renters and homeowners can be eligible for assistance.”