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2018-01-10 / Editorial

HEAP outreach dates to assist residents in need

Bee Editorial

Home Energy Assistance Program outreaches will be held throughout the county to assist residents in need this year. We urge people to visit an outreach for any help they need in submitting their applications.

Attendees do not have to live in the specific town, village or city hosting the outreach to attend.

Interviews will begin at 9 a.m. and continue until 4 p.m., unless otherwise noted. The doors open at 8:30 a.m. All applicants will be interviewed.

HEAP is a federally funded program to assist income-eligible Erie County residents with the costs of home heating, electricity and energy conservation. The HEAP outreach will be administered by the Erie County departments of Social Services and Senior Services and is open to all income-eligible households. A HEAP outreach will be held Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Amherst Senior Center, 370 John James Audubon Parkway.

Applicants must bring the following documentation to the outreach: • Proof of gross income received within the last 30 days for all household members. a. Wages: If paid weekly, last four pay stubs b. Wages: If paid biweekly, last two pay stubs c. Award letters, if applicable, including Social Security, pension, unemployment, workers’ compensation or disability. d. Yearly statement of interest received — savings, checking, CDs, money market accounts. e. Dividend proof — stocks, bonds, securities.

Social Security numbers for all household members. One form of ID for all household members — birth certificate or Social Security card or driver’s license or school ID.

Proof of residency — Rent receipt, mortgage statement, utility bill.

Current heat and/or electric bill.

For more information, call the HEAP Hotline at 858-7644 or HEAP Application Request Line at 858-1969.

Erie County residents can also apply online by visiting www.mybenefits.ny.gov.

To apply by mail, request an application through the Web portal or call the Application Request Line at 858-1969.

There will also be other dates open throughout January and February that residents can attend in different areas, such as West Seneca, Clarence and East Aurora, among others. For more information on other locations, visit www2.erie.gov.

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