County reaches out to seniors with heating help

HUDSON–An outreach worker from The Columbia County Office for the Aging is now available at locations around the county to answer questions and assist those who wish to apply for the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP).

To qualify for HEAP through the Office for the Aging, an applicant must be 60 years or older and not receiving food stamps, or be disabled and receiving Social Security Disability.


Applicants should bring with them: driver’s license (also, if applicable, their spouse’s license); proof of residence (such as a mortgage book, rent receipt, etc.); proof of income (social security benefit letter or pay stubs); a current utility/fuel bill.

The following dates and locations have been scheduled for HEAP Outreach and Assistance through the Office for the Aging:

*Ancram Town Hall, 1416 County Route 7, Saturday, November 21, 10 a.m. to noon

*Canaan 60+ Food and Friendship Center, Canaan Town Hall, 1647 Route 5 South, Wednesday, November 4, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.            

*Chatham 60+ Food and Friendship Center, St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 12 Woodbridge Ave.,Monday, November 9, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

*Chatham Town Hall, 488 State Route 295, Monday, November 16, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

*Roe Jan 60+ Food and Friendship Center, St. Bridget’s Church, Route 22, Copake, Tuesday, November 10, 10:30 a.m. to noon

*Gallatin Town Hall, 667 Route 7, Saturday, November 14, 10 a.m. to noon 

*Germantown Town Hall, Friday, November 6, 10:30 a.m. to noon 

*Ghent Food Pantry, Ghent Town Hall, 2306 State Route 66, Thursday, November 5, 9:30 a.m. to noon

*Greenport 60+ Food and Friendship Center, Sons and Daughters of Italy, 27 Bridge Street, Wednesday, November 18, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

*Hillsdale Town Hall, Main Street (Route 23), Tuesday, November 10, 2 to 4 p.m.

*Hudson Department of Youth, 18 South 3rd Street, Thursday, November 12, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

*Kinderhook (Dottie Ostrowski) Senior Center, 212 State Farm Road, Friday, November 20, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

*Livingston Town Hall, 119 County Route 19, Saturday, November 7, 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. 

*New Lebanon Library, 550 state Route 20 (intersection of Routes 20 and 22), Monday, November 23, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

*Philmont, Albert Tripp 60+ Food and Friendship Center, 93 Main Street, Friday, November 13, 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

* Spencertown 60+ Food and Friendship Center, St. Peter’s Church, 5219 Route 203, Tuesday, November 24, noon to 1 p.m.

*Stuyvesant 60+ Food and Friendship Center, St. Mary’s Church, Route 9, Stuyvesant Falls, Tuesday, November 17, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

*Valatie Senior Center, 3302 William Street (the old post office), Thursday, November 19, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 

In addition to the HEAP outreach project, now in its second year, the Office for the Aging provides a range of services for our community elders, including congregate meals at seven sites, nutrition counseling and education, Meals-on-Wheels, help with weatherization, health insurance information and counseling, comprehensive information and assistance on community resources, respite for family caregivers and home care services.

“This initiative is part of our working partnership with the County’s 18 towns and the City of Hudson to make important services and benefits more readily accessible,” said OFA Administrator Kary Jablonka in a press release. 

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