Tonawanda News — Open registration for the New York Heating Assistance Program, HEAP, will be held Tuesday at the Town of Tonawanda Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road.
Two other outreach events will be held Jan. 14 at the town Senior Center and the City of Tonawanda Senior Center, 33 Main St.
Low income individuals can apply for the program, which provides financial assistance for heating bills on either day from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick encouraged residents to take advantage of the program.
“As winter approaches it is extremely important that anyone who needs help heating their home take the proper steps to apply for HEAP to ensure they receive assistance,” Hardwick said. “These outreach events help eligible residents with the applications process, which can be overwhelming. Anyone who needs an application or has questions is encouraged to contact my office.”
Eligibility is based on the number of individuals living in a home. To see if your family qualifies, call the HEAP hotline at 858-7644.
Applications are available at the outreach event or by calling 858-1969.
Applicants will need to bring the following items to complete their paperwork:
• Four weeks’ worth of pay stubs and proof of any other income, including Social Security or unemployment benefits.
• Identification for all people living in the house (Social Security card, driver’s license or school ID).
• Proof of residency (mortgage bill, rent receipt or utility bill).
• A copy of your most recent heating bill, either gas or electric.
HEAP benefits are doled out on a first-come, first-serve basis.