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RECAP administers home heating assistance program

Times Herald-Record

MIDDLETOWN – Orange County residents needing assistance with home heating expenses may be eligible for help through the Orange County Fuel Fund.  The Fund is accepting applications for the 2020-2021 heating season. Administered by Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP), the program provides low- to moderate-income households a one-time payment per heating season to a heating provider.   

The Fuel Fund has been in operation for over 10 years and is funded through Orange County Department of Social Services. The program administers payment for fuel types including electric, natural gas, kerosene, oil, and propane. Last season the Fund distributed almost $40,000 in heating assistance and provided 45 Orange County households with resources to stay warm.  

The program is open to Orange County residents and targets households who do not qualify for HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program). There are income and household guidelines, and documentation is required. The Fuel Fund is not for emergency purposes and operates on a first come, first served basis.  

“The Orange County Fuel Fund is a unique program and vital to those individuals and families who are struggling to make ends meet.” Said Charles Quinn, RECAP’s CEO. “For people who make just a little too much to qualify for HEAP, the OC Fuel Fund steps in to help.  It allows RECAP to fulfill its mission of providing people a hand up in times of need and we applaud Orange County for continuing to see the value of this program.”  

Please contact Marivette Contes for eligibility and application information. She can be reached by calling 421-6255, or 401-6280 additionally the applications can be found online at ocfuelfund.org. Email completed applications manager@ocfuelfund.org or mailed to RECAP, Attn: O.C. Fuel Fund, 40 Smith Street, Middletown, NY 10940. The fund is open until March 15, 2021 or until funds are exhausted.