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HEAP - Home Energy Assistance Program

Dept. of Community & Family Services (DCFS)
Sabrina Jaar Marzouka, Commissioner

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HEAP Can Help You with the High Cost of Heating

HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) is a federally funded program intended to assist low-income households in meeting their energy expenses.  HEAP is administered locally by the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services under the supervision of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA).  A seasonal program, HEAP usually opens in November and closes in the spring (May).  Generally, all HEAP benefits are paid directly to the vendor.

The HEAP Regular Benefit is an annual supplement to assist households in paying a portion of their energy costs.  Eligible households receive one benefit per year.

The HEAP Emergency Benefits are available to assist eligible low-income households in meeting an energy crisis as defined by HEAP.

The Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement component opens October 1 each year and continues through the following September for HEAP eligible client owned furnaces and oil tanks.

Households must meet eligibility income limits and all requested verification must be provided to the agency prior to benefits being guaranteed or issued.  Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services contracts with the Office For The Aging  as an alternate HEAP certifier for outreach to the elderly.

For information and an application contact:

Dutchess County HEAP Department
General Contact Number: (845) 486-3249
60 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

Dutchess County Office For The Aging
(845) 486-2553
27 High Street
Poughkeepsie, New York 12601

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