Assemblymember Cahill Offers Information on Home Heating Resources During Unusual Cold Weather

January 5, 2018

Kingston, NY – Assemblymember Kevin Cahill (D-Ulster, Dutchess) wants residents to be aware of possible delays of heating oil deliveries. While no shortage exists for the actual fuel, area suppliers are making every effort to keep up with high demand. On top of the sustained cold weather, drivers will be grappling with snow and difficult driving conditions.

Residents may consider conservation strategies to reduce their use of heating oil. Lowering the normal indoor temperature could reduce the possibility of running low on oil and a programmable thermostat makes this task very practical. Eliminating drafts around doors and windows is more important than ever. A furnace tune-up allows heating oil to be utilized at maximum efficiency. Often forgotten until it is too late, checking your fuel tank to ascertain if you are close to running out can give you time to contact your supplier well in advance for a delivery.

If you struggle to afford heating oil, there is important aid during this period of unusually cold weather. Qualified families are encouraged to apply for Emergency Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). The program addresses issues such as utility shut-off, fuel scarcity and inoperable heating equipment.

“The winter season is often the most difficult for many citizens and the resolution of heating emergencies is of utmost concern,” Assemblymember Cahill said. “HEAP has constantly helped people to survive the colder months with a sense of dignity and assurance. When unforeseen situations arise, it is reassuring to know that there is pre-existing and proven support for those who may not know where to turn.”

Program eligibility is based on income criteria, the primary fuel source used in the home and the presence of an inhabitant who is either under the age of 6, over the age of 60 or permanently disabled. Those who are currently in receipt of temporary assistance or SNAP benefits are automatically eligible. Case workers are available to make sure that you are enrolled. Funds for HEAP are limited by Congress, so it is important to apply early.

In addition to Emergency HEAP benefits, the state also offers the Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement Program. The Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement Program provides assistance for the repair and replacement of heating equipment. Applications for this program must be made in person at the local Department of Social Services. A limited resource pool may be available for individuals facing a heating crisis but are uncertain of eligibility for assistance programs. People are encouraged to reach out to HEAP contacts to discuss what options may be available to them.

To determine eligibility, citizens should visit mybenefits.ny.gov or call their local HEAP office as listed below or contact my office at (845) 338-9610.

Ulster County HEAP contacts

Department of Social Services
Ulster County Department of Social Services

1021 Development Court
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 334-5436
Days Open: Monday - Friday

Alternate Certifiers
Ulster County Community Action Program
70 Lindsley Avenue
Kingston, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 338-8750
Days Open: Monday - Friday

Alternate Certifiers
Ulster County Community Action Program
15 Church Street
Highland, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 691-8722
Days Open: Monday - Friday

Alternate Certifiers
Ulster County Community Action Program
85 Center Street
Ellenville, NY 12401
Phone: (845) 647-6061
Days Open: Monday - Friday

After Hours Emergency Contact
Family of Woodstock
Phone: main (845) 331-7080
After Hours hotline (845) 679-2485
Days Open: Monday - Friday

Dutchess County HEAP contacts

Department of Social Services
Dutchess County Department of Social Services
60 Market Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 486-3249
Days Open: Monday - Friday

Department of Social Services
Dutchess County Department of Social Services
131 County House Road, Suite 308
Millbrook, NY 12545
Phone: (845) 677-5532
Days Open: Monday - Friday

Department of Social Services
Dutchess County Department of Social Services
223 Main Street
Beacon, NY 12508
Phone: (845) 838-4800
Days Open: Monday - Friday

Alternate Certifiers
Dutchess County Office for the Aging
27 High Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 486-2553
Days Open: Monday - Friday

Alternate Certifiers
Dutchess County Community Action
77 Cannon Street
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
Phone: (845) 452-5104
Days Open: Monday - Friday

After Hours Emergency Contact
Dutchess County Community Action
Phone: (845) 437-0050
Days Open: After 4PM Monday - Friday