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Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz is encouraging residents who qualify for emergency energy assistance to contact the county’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) office.

Poloncarz on Tuesday noted that HEAP’s emergency benefit component kicks off on Thursday.

“The emergency benefit component of this program is very important because it prevents the heat from being shut off on the homes of many low-income families and senior citizens on a fixed income,” said Poloncarz.

“I encourage residents who qualify for this program to apply as soon as possible,” he added.

To be eligible, applicants must be customers of record with the county. That may not have a gross household monthly income that exceeds maximum income guidelines, nor any available liquid assest greater than $2,000 or more than $3,000 if a member of the household is over 60 years old.

Applicants must apply in person at the county HEAP office at 478 Main St. Applications for emergency HEAP benefits will accepted through March 17.