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HEAP Season Is Here - Sign Up Starting October 1

Liberty, NY – The 2021-2022 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season starts this week.

“HEAP’s Regular component – offering a one-time payment to help buy fuel to heat a home – begins Friday, October 1,” notes Sullivan County Director of Temporary Assistance Giselle Steketee. “The Heating Equipment Repair & Replacement (HERR) and the Heating Equipment Clean & Tune (C&T) components have already begun. They provide funding to have trained professionals inspect, service and even replace furnaces, boilers, stoves and other heating equipment.”

Eligibility and benefits are based on income, household size, the primary heating source, and the presence of a household member who is under age 6, over age 60 or permanently disabled. You may qualify even if you think you won’t, so to apply for a 2021-2022 HEAP grant, go to https://mybenefits.ny.gov/mybenefits/begin or call 845-807-0142.

In-person applications will be accepted at Office for the Aging and the Department of Family Services, but please call ahead to confirm.

Applications can also be obtained from the County’s community partners (please call first):

  • Action Toward Independence, 845-794-4228
  • Independent Living, 845-794-3322
  • Sullivan County Office for the Aging, 845-807-0241

Income thresholds for 2021-2022 Regular HEAP:

Household Size

Monthly Income Maximum

1

$2,729

2

$3,569

3

$4,409

4

$5,249

5

$6,088

6

$6,928

Note that Sullivan County’s 4% Energy Tax will be rescinded December 1, 2021, so any deliveries made after that point will not include that tax.

New this year is the Regular Arrears Supplement (RAS), states HEAP Coordinator Rosemary Wolff: “If someone received HEAP in any form this past season and they have an arrears balance on their utility bill, they will be eligible for HEAP to pay the utility bill in full.” 

The person applying must be the customer of record (the bill must be in their name). People who did not receive HEAP last season can apply as of October 1, 2021 and, if eligible, can receive a heating benefit and the one-time-only RAS benefit.       

The Sullivan County HEAP Office can be reached at 845-807-0142 or heap@sullivanny.us. The fax number is 845-292-4651.