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HEAP outreach to begin in December

Home Energy Assistance Program outreach sessions will begin this December to make sure residents are finding the help they need to keep their homes running and warm this winter.

Members of the Erie County Legislature Majority Caucus have announced 14 sessions across the county beginning on December 1 and continuing on dates through the end of February. Attendees do not have to live in the specific town or city where each session is being held, but they do need to bring the following documentation to prove eligibility.

1) Proof of gross income received within the last 30 days for all household members.

a) Wages: If paid weekly, last four (4) paystubs

b) Wages: If paid bi-weekly, last two (2) paystubs

c) Award letters, if applicable (Social Security, Pension, Unemployment, Workers Comp, Disability, etc.)

d) Yearly statement of interest received (savings, checking, CDs, money market account, etc.)

e) Dividend proof (stocks, bonds securities, etc.)

2) Social Security numbers for all household members

3) One (1) form of ID for all household members (birth certificate or Social Security card or driver’s license or school ID, etc.)

4) Proof of residency (Rent receipt, mortgage statement, utility bill)

5) Current heat and/or electric bill.

HEAP is a federally funded program to assist income eligible residents with the costs of home heating, electricity, and energy conservation. Local outreach will be administered by the Erie County Departments of Social Services and Senior Services and is open to all income eligible households.

Interviews begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m. on the dates listed below. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and all applicants will be interviewed. (*Note that two dates have a change in time.)

  • Thursday, Dec. 1, 2016 at Evans Town Hall – Courtroom, 8787 Erie Road, Angola
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2016 at Lancaster Town Hall, 21 Central Ave., Lancaster
  • Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at The United Way Building, 34 Seymour St., City of Tonawanda
  • Monday, February 6, 2017 at Concord Town Hall – Auditorium, 86 Franklin St., Springville
  • Monday, Dec. 12, 2016 at the Willie Cotton Center, 52 Gates Avenue, Lackawanna
  • *10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, 2016 at the Newstead Public Library, 33 Main St., Akron
  • Thursday, Dec. 15, 2016 at the West Seneca Senior Center, 4620 Seneca St., West Seneca
  • Tuesday,Dec. 20, 2016 at the South Line Fire Department, 1049 French Road, Cheektowaga
  • Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017 at the Aurora Senior Center, 101 King St., #A, East Aurora
  • *10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017 at the Clarence Public Library, 3 Town Place, Clarence
  • Monday, Jan. 23, 2017 at the Town of Hamburg Community Center, 4540 Southwestern Blvd.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2017 at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 JJ Audubon Parkway, Amherst
  • Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017 at the Tonawanda Senior Center, 291 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda
  • Monday, February 27, 2017 at Eden Town Hall – Auditorium, 2795 East Church Street, Eden

Residents with questions can call the HEAP Hotline at (716) 858-7644 or HEAP Application Request Line at (716) 858-1969. Erie County residents can apply online by visiting www.mybenefits.ny.gov.

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