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September 16, 2010

Applications for HEAP will be accepted soon in Otsego

Opportunities for Otsego recently announced that the 2010 Home Energy Assistance Program will soon begin accepting applications.

The state HEAP program offers money to eligible households to assist with winter heating costs. The program supports payment for electricity, propane, natural gas, wood, oil, kerosene, coal or other heating fuels. HEAP may also coordinate furnace repair and a replacement benefit for homeowners with inoperable heating equipment. On Oct. 1 New York state will begin mailing HEAP applications to households that received HEAP benefits last year. Heads of households younger than 60 who received a regular benefit during the 2009-10 season and still reside in the same county are eligible to apply for HEAP by mail. A separate process is in place for those older than 60.

Eligible households must return a fully completed application and all necessary documentation. In Otsego County, applications must be mailed to Opportunities for Otsego, HEAP Program, 3 West Broadway, Oneonta, NY 13820.

The HEAP season will open Nov. 1. Otsego County residents not eligible to apply by mail may call OFO to schedule an appointment beginning Oct. 25.

For more information on HEAP and the programs of Opportunities for Otsego, visit www.ofoinc.org or call 433-8000.

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