The Office for the Aging coordinates with other agencies to provide a variety of programs that help with the cost of home energy, weather-proofing, repair and home modifications that are needed to keep seniors safe and comfortable in their homes.
HEAP - the Home Energy Assistance Program
This program is offered through the Department of Social Services (DSS) to provide assistance with the cost of energy, particularly during the winter months when heating costs are so high. Eligibility guidelines are set each year to determine who can qualify for this assistance. Payments are made to energy vendors on behalf approved applicants, to help with fuel and electric costs. This is generally a one-time payment, but emergency benefits are also available. The Office for the Aging and staff of the Association of Senior Citizens help with applications for elderly (age 60 plus) and some disabled clients as well.
Weatherization and Home Repair Programs
These programs provide assistance with the cost of home repairs to improve energy efficiency and safety. There are income eligibility requirements and different programs allow for different types of repair. The application process begins with an in-home assessment to determine the client’s needs. Then a worker from the Office for the Aging or the Association of Senior Citizens will assist in determining the most appropriate programs to meet the needs.
For more information, contact Heather Gonia at the Office for the Aging (481-1533) or one of the 8 local Adult Centers (see listing under the Congregate Meal section).