Beginning Monday, Nov. 3, assistance with home heating costs will be available for lower income Delaware County households through the federal low-income Home Energy Assistance Program.
People receiving food stamps and/or public assistance will be assisted by the Delaware County Department of Social Services. Assistance for people older than 60 is available from the Delaware County Office for the Aging. All other income eligible households will be assisted by Delaware Opportunities Inc.
HEAP eligibility is determined by gross income, or income before taxes. For an individual, the maximum gross monthly income allowed is $1,963. For a two-person household, the limit is $2,567. For a family of three, the limit is $3,172. For each additional family member, add $450.
Applications will be sent to households who received a HEAP benefit during the 2007-08 heating season with a child younger than 6, an adult older than 60 or a family member who is permanently disabled. All other households will have to apply through a personal interview process. Appointments are necessary. To set up an appointment, call the Delaware Opportunities HEAP office at 746-1615.
Appointments will be scheduled starting Monday at 35430 State Highway 10, Hamden, between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. Appointments will also be offered in several outreach sites this season. These sites will be available by appointment only. Sites are as follows:
Nov. 6, Hobart Community Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 12, Margaretville Methodist Church, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 17, Hancock Town Hall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 19, Delaware County Public Safety Building, Delhi, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Nov. 25, Sidney Civic Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 3, Walton Riverside Alliance Church, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 9, Margaretville Methodist Church, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 11, Davenport Presbyterian Church, 10 a.m. to noon
Dec. 18, Deposit Veteran's Hall, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Dec. 23, Sidney Civic Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 8, Hobart Community Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 13, Margaretville Methodist Church, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Jan. 20, Hancock Town Hall, 10 a.m. 3 p.m.
Jan. 27, Sidney Civic Center, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Applicants are advised not to wait for an emergency to apply for HEAP. Many fuel companies charge $35 to $150 for an emergency delivery, which is deducted from the household's HEAP benefit.
If a client has an emergency after hours or on the weekend, they should contact the Department of Social Services at 746-2325.
For more information, contact the Delaware Opportunities HEAP office at 746-1615.