Liberty, NY, 4:55pm) — March 24, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — Acting Commissioner of the Division of Health & Family Services, Joseph Todora has announced that a second HEAP Emergency Benefit for heat and heat-related emergencies will be available effective immediately. The second emergency benefit amounts will be the same as the first emergency benefits amount. “We are very pleased that the Federal Government has decided to release this additional funding considering the coldness of this late winter, we look forward to helping our most vulnerable Sullivan County residents,” said Acting Commissioner Joseph Todora.
Eligibility criteria for the second Emergency benefit will be the same as the first Emergency benefit. Applicants must have exhausted or have unavailable to them both the Regular benefit and the Emergency benefit in order to be eligible for the second Emergency benefit.
“As the Chair of the Health and Family Committee, it is of utmost importance to deliver this second Emergency HEAP Benefit during these cold months to assist those with heat emergencies,” said Cindy Kurpil Gieger, District 5 Legislator, Chair of the Health and Family Services Committee.
The Regular benefit, Emergency benefit and second Emergency benefit components will close Friday, March 27, 2015. Applicants can apply by phone by calling 845-807-0142 or in person at the Department of Family Services office located at 16 Community Lane, Liberty, NY. If you are 60 years of age or older you may also apply at your local Office for the Aging at the Government Center located at 100 North Street, Monticello, NY.
More information about the HEAP program can be found at https://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/ For more information regarding this press release please contact Sullivan County Manager Joshua Potosek at 845-807-0450