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Onondaga County helps seniors with home heating costs

A home thermostat.(Jupiter Images)

SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Senior citizens who need help paying their energy bills can get assistance applying for the Home Energy Assistance Program, HEAP for short, from the Onondaga County Office for Aging.

HEAP is a federally funded benefit program that provides limited subsidies for heating and utility costs to low-income people 60 and older.

The program can help pay for electricity, gas, oil, coal, propane, wood or kerosene. Even some people whose heat and utility expenses are included in their rent may qualify for HEAP.

The Office for Aging will help seniors apply 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 8, at the Solvay Senior Apartments, 200 Russett Lane, Syracuse, and 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 9, at the Salvation Army Thrift Store, 2433 Erie Boulevard East, Syracuse.

Information about other HEAP outreach events in January and February can be found on the Office for Aging website.

The county also will mail HEAP applications to seniors who call (315) 435-2362.

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