Eve Bouboulis, Commissioner
Appointed: September 3, 2014
The mission of Otsego County Department of Social Services is to assist and protect vulnerable individuals in our community by promoting safety, healthy families and enhanced economic stability.
We provide services with compassion, respect, integrity and positive attitudes while encouraging personal responsibility and individual choice. We work collaboratively with community partners to achieve the goals of lifelong safety and self-sufficiency for County residents.
HOME ENERGY ASSISTANCE PROGRAM
IMPORTANT INFORMATION - OTSEGO COUNTY HEAP PROGRAM
OPPORTUNITIES FOR OTSEGO (OFO) WILL NO LONGER BE ACCEPTING
HEAP 2016-17 PROGRAM OPENS- NOVEMBER 14, 2016
Fuel bill MUST be in head of household's name.
If you are the head of household, under the age of 60, and
are not currently receiving temporary assistance and/or SNAP benefits -
you may apply when the season opens by either:
1. Apply ONLINE at www.mybenefits.ny.gov . You can access this website by any computer. Computer access is available at many area libraries, Catholic Charities and One Stop locations. You can also go to the mybenefits website and print an application and apply by mail to Otsego County HEAP, 197 Main St. Cooperstown, NY 13326
2. Contact Otsego County HEAP office (607) 547-1622 and request and application be mailed to you. APPLICATIONS CAN NOT BE GIVEN OUT BEFORE THE OPENING DATE OF NOVEMBER 14, 2016.
If you received a regular HEAP benefits last season and had an individual in your household whil is either: disabled, 60 years of age or older, or 6 years of age or younger - you will receive an early outreach HEAP application in the mail this year. This application should arive in September. You need to complete the application and mail, along with required documentation as stated in the application instructions to:
OTSEGO COUNTY HEAP - 197 MAIN STREET, COOOEPRSTOWN, NY 13326
If your head of household is age 60 or older and not currently receiving temporary assistance and/or SNAP benefits - you may apply for HEAP when the season opens by contacting Otsego County Office for the Aging at (607) 547-4232 or 1 (855) 547-4390
Applicants for regular and emergency HEAP benefits are not required to come in person to apply. ALL requests and even interviews can be done by phone. Should you want an interview, appointments will not be scheduled until the program opens on November 14, 2016.
If you are applying for HEAP - Heating Equipment, Repair and Replacement ASSISTANCE - YOU MUST COME IN PERSON TO APPLY AT THE MEADOWS OFFICE COMPLEX - 140 COUNTY HWY 33W, COOPERSTOWN, NY 13326
"New York State of Health" Health Exchange
Contact number for the "New York State of Health" FHealth Exchange for assistance with the new health insurance programs - 1-855-355-5777
Mothers & Babies Perinatal Network will provide local assistance to small businesses and County residents contact them at 1-800-231-0744
Chenango Healh Network provides Navigator services in Oneonta.
Call (607) 337-4128 for more information and assistance.
A Maximus representative is also available at the Meadows Building Monday thru Friday 9am - 5pm to assist individuals or hosueholds applying for health insurance at the Health Exchange. Contact a Maximus Certified Application Counsleor at (607) 547-1757 to arrange an appointment.
Have you ever wondered how you could help a
child or family during a time of need?
BECOME A FOSTER PARENT!
CONTACT (607) 547- 4355
FOR MORE INFORMATION ON
TRAINING AND CERTIFICATION
For Post Adoption Help for Families visit
a natural resource
NY STATE HANDBOOK
FOR RELATIVES RAISING CHILDREN
FOR FOOD PANTRIES AND FOOD PROGRAMS
IN OTSEGO COUNTY VISIT
COMMUNITY ACTION PARTNERSHIP
Ron Rovetto, Nutrition Outreach Education Program for Otsego
call: (315) 882 - 3017
Provides home vistiing SNAP application assistance and submission