Emergency home heating funds available

Published Feb 8, 2018 at 4:00pm

ALBANY (AP) — New York state officials say more funding is available for residents facing problems keeping their homes heated this winter.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Wednesday that the additional funding will help eligible New Yorkers struggling to afford heating fuel or facing the likelihood of having their utility service shut off.

During the 2015-16 heating season, 21,914 Oneida County households received benefits through the federal Home Energy Assistance Program, according to the state Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance.

The governor says people can apply for a second emergency benefit through HEAP starting on Monday. Families earning up to nearly $53,500 per year can qualify for assistance.

State officials say they’ve seen a 40-percent increase in requests for emergency heating assistance this winter when compared to last year. Households that have already received the benefit known as HEAP are eligible for applying for additional funding.

​Applications are accepted at local social services agencies and online, www.myBenefits.ny.gov.

HEAP contacts

Oneida County

  • County Department of Social Services 300 W. Dominick St., Rome: 315-338-0240.
  • County Department of Social Services, 800 Park Ave., Utica: 315-798-5559.
  • Alternate certifier: Oneida County Office for the Aging, 120 Airline St., Suite 201, Whitestown: 315-798-5770.
  • Alternate certifier: Mohawk Valley Community Action,
    9882 River Road, Marcy:
    315-624-9930.

Madison County

  • Department of Social Services, Madison County Complex, Building 1, 133 N. Court St., Wampsville: 315-366-2211.
  • Alternate certifier: Madison County Office for the Aging, 138 Dominick Bruno Blvd., Canastota: 315-697-5700.

Lewis County

  • Department of Social Services, 5274 Outer Stowe St., Lowville: (315) 376-5400.
  • Alternate certifier: Lewis County Office for the Aging,
    7660 N. State St., Lowville:
    315-376-5313.