The 2021-22 Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) season will open Friday, Oct. 1, with a streamlined application process. Applications have already been sent to qualified individuals who received HEAP last year and meet the early outreach criteria.
Seniors can obtain help through The Office for the Aging at 111 Main St., Lockport, where staff will be available to assist with early outreach application completion. The telephone number is 716-438-4016 and someone is available from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.
HEAP applications cannot be requested, mailed out or picked up prior to Oct. 1 for anyone who has not already been notified that they qualified for early outreach. All other applicants for HEAP can begin filing their applications on Oct. 1 online at 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 2021-22 furnace repair or replacement is available as of Oct. 1.
Questions regarding HEAP should be made to 716-278-8400 or by visiting http://www.niagaracounty.com/socialservices/Home.aspx