The 2020-21 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season will open Nov. 2 with a streamlined application process.
Applications have already been sent to qualified individuals that received HEAP last year and meet the early outreach criteria.
Seniors can obtain help through The Office for the Aging, 111 Main St., Lockport, where staff will be available to assist with early outreach application completion. The telephone number is 716-438-4016. Staffers are available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
HEAP applications cannot be requested, mailed out or picked up prior to Nov. 2 for anyone who has not already been notified they qualified for early outreach. All other applicants for HEAP can begin filing their applications Nov. 2 online at www.MyBenefits.ny.gov, by mail or in person at the Niagara County Department of Social Services offices at 301 10th St., Niagara Falls, or 20 East Ave., Lockport.
HEAP funding for 2020-21 furnace repair or replacement is available now.
For more information regarding HEAP, call 716-278-8400 or visit http://www.niagaracounty.com/socialservices/Home.aspx. Apply online at https://www.mybenefits.ny.gov/. More information about the HEAP program can be found at http://www.otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/.