Local leaders are worried the number of Mid-Hudson residents having trouble heating their homes will skyrocket this winter as the pandemic socks the economy and heating costs remain high.
So, county officials and local poverty experts are touting various resources including the Home Energy Assistance Program known as HEAP – government aid to help low-income locals cover heating costs.
Compared with last year, they think the local recipient totals for HEAP, which helps nearly 100,000 Hudson Valley residents, could rise sharply during the pandemic.
Altogether, in 2019 benefits for HEAP, a state-funded, county-administered program, helped 34,738 in Westchester County, 16,275 in Orange County, 14,574 in Rockland County, 12,063 in Ulster County, 11,901 in Dutchess County, 6,256 in Sullivan County and 1,543 in Putnam County, according to the state.
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