HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program) Applications Open 11/14/2016:
The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) is a federally funded program to help low-income households meet their immediate home energy expenses. HEAP benefits are based on income, household size and energy costs. Regular benefits are available to households paying separately for heat. If you received a regular benefit last year and are over 60 years old, you should have already received your application. If you are receiving food stamps, you are automatically enrolled in HEAP. If you would like to apply for HEAP and did not receive it last year, please call the CC Office for the Aging (if over 60 years old) at 828-4258 or Columbia Opportunities (if under 60 years old) at 828-4611. You can also pick up an application at the New Lebanon Town Clerk’s Office during open hours (M,W, Th, Fri from 9-5). Completed applications must be brought to the Department of Social Services at 25 Railroad Ave, Hudson, NY (open M-F from 8am – 4pm). You must bring with you proof of each household member’s identity, proof of applicant’s social security number and for each household member, proof of residence, proof of fuel and/or utility bill if you pay for heat or proof that you pay rent which includes heat, and proof of income for all household members. Applications will be accepted starting 11/14/2016 and may also be filled out online at www.mybenefits.ny.gov. For more information about HEAP, go to http://www.ny.gov/services/apply-heap.
FREE SERVICES OFFERED TO SENIORS IN OUR COMMUNITY:
1. Catholic Charities is at the New Lebanon Library located at 550 US-20, New Lebanon, NY 12125 every fourth Thursday from 10:30am – 1:30pm. They can help you prepare and submit your paperwork to apply for programs that are available to senior citizens in our community.
2. Transportation is available to help senior citizens in our community get to and from grocery shopping, doctor’s appointments, other appointments, etc.
-Contact Dan Lynch at 1-646-522-9108 for grocery shopping and doctor’s appointments – he will drive you to Pittsfield, Albany, Hudson or Chatham.
-Contact Consortium Hudson at 518-828-8952 and speak to Jim Funk. They are very busy, so please call as far in advance as possible as soon as your appointments are booked.
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS FOR SENIORS IN COLUMBIA COUNTY:
Mental Health Care – John Lyons – 518-828-9446 ext. 1290 – medical behavioral, health treatment, psychiatric evaluations, medication management
Department of Social Services – 518-828-9411
Office of the Aging – 518-828-4258
Veterans Service – Gary Flaherty – 518-610-0941 – available 24 hours a day
Social Security – 518-828-1691
Hospices – 518-943-5402
Cancer Services – Andrea Bruce – 518–822-8741 ext. 318 – targeting uninsured women 40 and over and uninsured men 50 and over – offering free mammograms, papsmears, pelvic exams, clinical breast exams and colorectal exams
CONTACT INFORMATION FOR PROGRAMS AND ORGANIZATIONS FOR SENIORS IN RENSSELAER COUNTY:
Food Pantries – 518-458-1167
Meals on wheels – 518-270-2730
Community Hospice – 518-285-8100
Department of Social Services – 518-687-3700
Food Stamps – 518-270-8655
HEAP – 518-270-3935
HEAP for senior and housebound – 518-270-2738
Medicaid – 518-447-7492
Veterans Benefits – 1-888-835-7697
Department of the Aging – 518-270-2730
Mental Health – 518-462-2000
Alzheimer’s Association – 518-438-2217
American Cancer Association – 1-800-725-3185
GROCERIES DELIVERED TO YOUR DOOR:
Did you know that New Lebanon residents can receive their groceries delivered to their door from Shop Rite? Just go to www.shoprite.com and in the shop online box click order groceries and enter your zip code and check box for online grocery delivery. Then you just do your grocery selection online and they collect all your items (including produce, deli, dairy and EVERYTHING that you can purchase in the store) and deliver them to your door. The fee is $12.90 which includes them doing the shopping for you and the delivery fees.