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News Release

October 26, 2011      

For Further Information Contact:
William R. Steinhaus, County Executive
(845) 486-2000

HEAP applications accepted beginning November 16th
Program helps low income residents pay home heating costs


Poughkeepsie… Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus and Commissioner of Social Services Robert Allers have announced applications for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin to be accepted for regular benefits on Wednesday, November 16th , for the 2011-2012 heating season. Applications for emergency benefits will begin being accepted January 3, 2012.

The maximum regular benefit an eligible household can receive is $500 for homes that heat with oil, kerosene or propane, and $300 for all others. A family of four can have a household income of up to $49,519 annually and still qualify for a HEAP benefit.

“As the cold weather settles in to Dutchess County, the HEAP program can ensure income-eligible residents have heat this winter,” says County Executive Steinhaus. “We know some of our most vulnerable senior citizens and families count on this help during the winter months.”

Last winter, more than 1.4 million households in New York State, including more than 14,600 households in Dutchess County, received HEAP benefits.

Income eligible households in Dutchess County can receive one regular HEAP benefit per season and could be eligible for an emergency benefit if they are in danger of running out of fuel or having their utility service shut off.

To apply for HEAP, contact the Dutchess County Department of Social Services at (845) 486-3000 or the Dutchess County Division of Aging Services at (845) 486-2555. For more information on HEAP, visit Residents can find out if they are eligible for HEAP, and an array of other programs, by answering a few, simple questions online at

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