01/27/2012 - Regular benefits for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) are available for lower income Delaware County households to help supplement their home heating expenses. Emergency benefits for the HEAP program will start Jan. 3, 2012.
Monthly income guidelines have increased, but the benefit amounts for both regular and emergency HEAP have decreased from last season. Persons receiving food stamps and/or public assistance will be assisted by the Delaware County Department of Social Services. Assistance for people 60 or older is available from the Delaware County Office for the Aging. All other income eligible households will be assisted by Delaware Opportunities Inc.
Income guidelines for the 2010-2011 season are as follows: Household Size/Maximum Gross Monthly Income – 1/$2,146; 2/$2,806; 3/$3,466; 4/$4,127; 5/$4,787; 6/$5,447; 7/$5,571; 8/$5,695; 9/$5,818; 10/$5,942; 11/$6,136; 11+ add $478 per person.
All households wishing to apply for HEAP who have not received an application through the early outreach process may request to have an application mailed to them. Applicants not receiving benefits last season will be required to participate in either face to face or phone interviews. To request an application, call the Delaware Opportunities HEAP office at (607) 746-1615. Interviews will be conducted at 35430 State Highway 10, Hamden between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m.
Applicants are advised to apply for HEAP prior to being extremely low or out of fuel. Many fuel companies charge $35 to $150 for off route charges for a delivery which is deducted from the household's HEAP benefit. If a household has an emergency after hours or on the weekend, they should contact the Delaware County Sheriff's Department at (607) 746-2336. For more information, contact the Delaware Opportunities HEAP office at (607) 746-1615.