Tonawanda News

November 17, 2012

HEAP outreach kicks into gear

Staff Reports
The Tonawanda News

Tonawanda News — Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick announced that an outreach program for the Home Energy Assistance Program will take place Dec. 4 at the United Way of the Tonawandas, 34 Seymour St.

All applicants for the program will be interviewed at the United Way location. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and interviews will take place between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. 

HEAP is a federally funded program that assists eligible Erie County residents to receive help to cover home costs for heating, electricity and energy conservation.

“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. 

Applications require a proof of gross income, social security numbers, other forms of ID, proof of residency and a current heat or electric bill. In addition to income, eligibility is also based on the size of the household.

“These outreach events help eligible residents with the applications process, which can be overwhelming,” Hardwick said. “Anyone who needs an application or has questions is encouraged to contact my office.”

According to the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, the maximum a household can receive this year is $650.

A family of four can have an income of $49,333 for a year and still qualify for the assistance. 

Applicants are encouraged to apply early, as the assistance is granted on a first-come, first-served basis. 

To find out if you qualify, visit www.mybenefits.ny.gov.