Assemblyman Bill Reilich (R,C,I-Greece) is advising senior citizens and residents they may be eligible for financial help for heating costs this winter under the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).
According to Assemblyman Reilich, more than $220 million is available to assist low-income seniors and families during the winter season. He said HEAP began accepting applications on Nov. 3.
Under the federally funded program administered by the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, grants ranging from $40 to $400 will be awarded, depending on household income, heating expenses, size of family and type of heat. Renters and homeowners are eligible for assistance.
"It is very important that families are aware of HEAP," Reilich said. Over 785,000 households statewide received HEAP assistance last year, Reilich noted.
Assemblyman Reilich said applications and eligibility information can be obtained by contacting the county Department of Social Services or by calling the toll-free HEAP hot line at (800) 342-3009 and pressing option number 2.