Weatherization Referral Assistance Program (WRAP)
WRAP provides comprehensive weatherization service and energy conservation education to the most needy elderly. This federally-funded program serves those frail elderly who have difficulty accessing the services available to address their multiple problems of poor housing, inadequate heating and cooling, and poverty level existence. WRAP makes referrals to appropriate agencies. This can make the difference between maintaining individuals in their own homes or having to provide them with institutionalized care.
This comprehensive approach reduces energy consumption for senior which is reflected in lower utility or fuel bills. Energy savings also reduce the financial burden of the low income elderly, providing them with more income to pay for necessities such as food and clothing, etc.
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)
The Home Energy Assistance Program is a federally funded benefit program that provides limited subsidies for heating and utility costs. The Department of Aging and Youth's HEAP Unit distributes mail-in applications to seniors, age 60 or older, and certifies applications for eligibility and benefits.
If your energy bills are more than you can handle, HEAP may be able to help you heat your home.
The program may help you pay for: electricity, gas, oil, coal, propane, wood, or kerosene. Even if your heat and utilities are included in your rent, HEAP may be able to help you.
How Can I Apply?
If you are 60 or over, or under age 60 and disabled (receiving Code A SSI), contact the Department of Aging and Youth at 421 Montgomery Street, Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 435-2362.
You may apply in person, or by mail if you are age 60 or over.
If you are under age 60, contact the Department of Social Services at (315) 435-8295. You may apply in person at:
DSS HEAP office
Onondaga County Office Building, 7th Floor
600 S. State Street
Syracuse, NY 13202
Click here for DSS HEAP information
When can I Apply?
The 2010-2011 HEAP Season starts in November, 2010.