NORWICH – With Old Man Winter just around the corner, Chenango County residents are being made aware of federal assistance available to help them heat their home during the coldest winter months.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Health an Human Services released more than $326 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funding to New York State, which residents rely heavily upon to stay warm.
The mission of HEAP is to assist low-income households and seniors, particularly those with the lowest incomes, who spend a high proportion of their income on home energy. The program does this by providing monthly benefits to recipients in the cold winter months as well as the hot summer seasons, when energy costs are at their highest.
Specifically, the program provides relief for Upstate NY families and seniors whose incomes are 150 percent of the federal poverty level or lower. Roughly 40 percent of households served by HEAP include an adult aged 60 or over.