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Dutchess County Opens New Heating Assistance Office In Beacon

Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro
Dutchess County Executive Marc Molinaro Photo Credit: Jon Craig

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. -- Dutchess County residents who need help with heat and energy-related expenses now have a place to go in Beacon, County Executive Marc Molinaro said Tuesday.

The county’s Department of Community and Family Services has opened a satellite office in the city to assist low-income residents with applying for federal grants through the Energy Assistance Program known as HEAP.

The office at 223 Main St. will be open from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Mondays through Fridays.

Increased accessibility not only will make it easier for low-income folks to stay warm this winter, it “epitomizes the county’s commitment to making government more efficient,” the county executive said.

The regular HEAP benefit is a supplement to assist low-income households by paying a portion of their heating costs; the emergency HEAP component meets emergency heating needs, as defined by HEAP regulations.

HERR, or Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement, assists homeowners with furnace and tank repair or replacement. HEAP’s Cooling Component provides for the purchase and installation of fans or air conditioners.

The DCFS cannot give out or accept any HEAP applications for programs before certain opening dates, the county executive said.

The following are the opening dates for the 2015 season:

  • Heating equipment repair and replacement: Nov. 9
  • Regular HEAP benefit: Nov. 16.
  • Emergency fuel depots: Nov. 16.
  • Emergency HEAP Component: Jan. 4.
  • Cooling HEAP Component: May 2, 2016.

Residents can also apply for regular HEAP benefits online by clicking here .

Applications for assistance can also be made at these locations:

  • DCFS Eastern Dutchess Government Center, 131 County House Road, Millbrook. (845)-677-5532.
  • DCFS Main Office, 60 Market St., Poughkeepsie. (845)-486-3249.
  • Community Action: (845)-452-5104, ext. 220
  • Mental Health America, 253 Mansion St., Poughkeepsie. (845)-473-2500.
  • Dutchess County Office for the Aging: 27 High St., Poughkeepsie 12601 (845)- 486-2555.

The county also operates an emergency response program through DC Community Action. It can be reached by calling (845)-437-0050 from 4 p.m. to 8 a.m. weekdays, or 24 hours a day on weekends and holidays.

For further information, click here .

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