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County Accepting HEAP applications
Eligibility for HEAP is based on household income. There are several HEAP benefits, and DCFS cannot give out or accept any HEAP applications for these programs prior to their respective opening date:
Residents can only apply for a Regular HEAP benefit online at www.myBenefits.ny.gov. Residents can apply for all HEAP services in person at the various locations listed below, or they may print and mail the completed HEAP application to the following Dutchess County locations:
Additionally, in case of emergency, Dutchess County DFCS operates a No-Heating Fuel Emergency Response Program through Dutchess County Community Action; residents can call (845) 486-3249 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays for assistance. An after-hours telephone number, (845) 437-0050, is maintained from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., as well as on weekends and holidays; low-income residents can call if they are without heating fuel or do not have a fuel supply that will last until the next County business day.
DCFS Commissioner Sabrina Jaar Marzouka said, “HEAP is an important program that keeps low-income families around Dutchess County safe during the winter. In addition to the online application through www.MyBenefits.NY.gov, we are happy to increase the access points where Dutchess County families can submit their HEAP applications to receive the assistance they need. Along with the three DCFS offices in Poughkeepsie, Beacon and Millbrook, we are partnering with the Office for the Aging and Community Action Agency.”
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