The Dutchess County Office for the Aging is available to assist income-eligible individuals over age 60 with home energy needs through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) and the Weatherization Assistance Program.
Seniors of limited income may be eligible for HEAP, which can provide a one-time credit towards fuel or heating utility bills during the fall and winter months. Seniors who qualify for HEAP may also be entitled to up to two additional credits depending on their financial situation.
Note: The State of New York is experimenting with an earlier start to HEAP season this year: Friday, October 1st, as opposed to previous years’ start dates in the first half of November. If you were eligible for HEAP during the 2020-21 heating season, you should have received your "early outreach" recertification applications already. Contact OFA if you haven't.
Homeowners who qualify for HEAP can also apply for the Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement (HERR) and Heating Equipment Clean and Tune programs, to address any heating maintenance needs. Homeowners may also be eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), which can fund modifications to the home for heating and energy efficiency. Details on HERR are available here (.pdf).
During the summer months, seniors with health issues impacted by the heat may be eligible for the Cooling Assistance Program (CAP), which can provide an air conditioner if the household doesn’t already have one.
For questions about any of these programs, call 845-486-2555 or email email@example.com.