HEAP enrollments begin Nov. 1 to help with energy bills

Posted 18 October 2022 at 11:14 am

Press Release, Orleans County Department of Social Services

ALBION – The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season begins on Nov. 1 with a tentative end date of March 15, 2023.

Applications for furnace repair or replacement are being accepted now. Applications for an emergency other than your heating source will be accepted beginning Jan. 2, 2023  through March 15.

If you are applying for the first time, a phone interview is necessary which can be completed beginning on Nov. 1.  Applications will be available in Albion at the County Office Building, Pathstone, Community Action, or Ministry of Concern; at the Community Center in Holley; or at Lee-Whedon Memorial Library in Medina.

You can apply online for HEAP by visiting www.myBenefits.ny.gov. If you received a benefit through a HEAP case last season you may apply through myBenefits or submit your completed application along with necessary documentation to the Department of Social Services, 14016 Rt. 31 W. Albion, NY 14411.

If you are currently a public assistance or SNAP recipient you should automatically receive your HEAP benefit through your case. Please be sure your worker has accurate vendor and account information to prevent a delay of your HEAP grant.

For questions or to set up an appointment call 589-3182. Appointments cannot be given before Nov. 1. If you are over age 60, please call the Office for the Aging at 589-3191.

You can find more information about HEAP and other assistance programs by visiting www.myBenefits.ny.gov.