WENY News - Steuben County Officials Remind Residents of HEAP Cooling Assist

Steuben County Officials Remind Residents of HEAP Cooling Assistance Benefit Program

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BATH, N.Y. (WENY) – The Steuben County Office for the Aging and county Department of Social Services are urging older adults and people with certain medical conditions to find out if their household qualifies for cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Cooling Assistance Benefit Program.

Eligibility requirements include:

  • Gross monthly income at of below HEAP's monthly income limits, or the household receives SNAP, Temporary Assistance or Supplemental Security Income Living Alone.
  • A household member has a documented medical condition worsened by the heat
  • The household received a regular HEAP Heating Benefit greater than $21 this year.

“We know our elderly are at higher risk of heat-related illness,” county OFA Director Patricia Baroody said. “Spending at least a few hours in air conditioning is one of the best ways to protect their health.”

Below are the 2017-2018 HEAP Benefit Gross Monthly Income Guidelines:

Household Size

Maximum Gross Monthly Income

1

$2,318.00

2

$3,031.00

3

$3,744.00

4

$4,457.00

5

$5,170.00

6

$5,883.00

7

$6,017.00

8

$6,150.00

9

$6,284.00

10

$6,418.00

11

$6,733.00

Each Additional

Add $523

For more information, go to www.otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/#cooling-assistance, Steuben OFA at (607) 664-2298 or county DSS at (607) 664-2500.

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