Announcements


The 2021- 2022 Emergency benefit remains open August 31, 2022.

If you are eligible, the Emergency HEAP Benefit can help you heat your Home if you are in a heat or heat related emergency.

Emergency HEAP benefits and eligibility are based on:

  • income,
  • available resources, and
  • the type of emergency

To apply for help call:
Age 60 and over, or disabled:
631-853-8326
Under age 60: 631-853-8820

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If you have an emergency, you must contact the Department of Social Service.

Emergencies after 4:30 and on weekends:
631-854-9100


HEATING EQUIPMENT REPAIR AND REPLACEMENT

If you are a homeowner and eligible, the Heating Equipment Repair and Replacement benefit can help you repair or replace your furnace, boiler and other direct heating equipment necessary to keep your home’s primary heating source working.

Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to repair or replace your furnace, boiler, and/or other essential heating equipment, $3,000 for a repair and $6,500 for a replacement.

You may call your local DSS office to apply. The in-person interview and application requirement is temporarily suspended. Your local district contact will decide if you meet all the eligibility conditions, including the income and resource requirements. The district will provide more information on how to submit the application and required documentation.


CLEAN AND TUNE BENEFIT

Eligible households can receive energy efficiency services, which includes the cleaning of primary heating equipment, but may also include chimney cleaning, minor repairs, installation of carbon monoxide detectors or programmable thermostats, if needed, to allow for the safe, proper and efficient operation of the heating equipment. Benefit amounts are based on the actual cost incurred to provide clean and tune services, up to a maximum of $400.

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Welcome from County Executive Steve Bellone

The Suffolk County Office for the Aging is the designated Area Agency on Aging under the Older Americans Act. For over 40 years, Suffolk County Office for the Aging has administered federal, state and county programs for persons 60 years of age and older.

Specific goals for the Office are to develop a comprehensive service system designed to assist persons 60 years of age and older in maintaining maximum independence and dignity, to remove barriers to economic and personal independence, and to provide a continuum of care for the vulnerable elderly. Most importantly, Suffolk County Office for the Aging acts as advocate on behalf of all Suffolk County senior citizens.



Get Set Up

Get Set Up is an online community based platform. It is a place for older adults to learn, connect, and share with peers in the comfort of their own homes.

Classes are taught by other older adults who are professionals in their fields. There are 300 plus topics offered. Class topics include social and mental health and other topical interests. With 40+ classes each weekday and 10+ classes each weekend, there is always something available to meet your interests and schedule.

The Suffolk County Office for the Aging is working in conjunction with New York State Office for the Aging to offer virtual programming through Get Set Up at no cost to you. Get Set Up is great for older adults who have a basic level of computer literacy. All you need to participate is a personal computer or tablet that has internet access.

For more information, use the link below:

NYSOFA Launches 300+ Live Online Classes For Isolated Older New Yorkers | Office for the Aging

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June 15th is designated World Elder Abuse Awareness Day by the World Health Organization at the United Nations. This day seeks to promote a better understanding of abuse and neglect of older individuals by increasing awareness of this “hidden epidemic.” Each year over 260,000 older adults are victims of elder abuse in New York State. Elder abuse is found in all communities regardless of race, ethnicity, socio-economic statues or sexual orientation.

Elder abuse can include physical, emotional, and sexual abuse; financial exploitation; and neglect. Elder abuse is often hidden and unreported. It is estimated that for every reported case of elder abuse, 23.5 cases go unreported. Elder abuse is not just physical. The most common form of elder abuse is financial. For every case of financial abuse reported, 43.9 cases go unreported.

In Suffolk County, there are many agencies and organizations available to assist victims of elder abuse and neglect. To find assistance, please call the Suffolk County Office for the Aging at 631-853-8200. If you or someone you know is in immediate danger, please call 911.



Citizens Preparedness Academy
Suitable for People with Differing Abilities

New Series beginning in July.

Benefit from a Presentation on Preparedness in a few short sessions!

Citizen Preparedness Academy - July 2022

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RFQ to provide IIIE Counseling, Support Groups and Training

The Suffolk County Office for the Aging invites responses from qualified entities to provide IIIE Counseling, Support Groups and Training in Suffolk County.

Download the RFQ for IIIE Counseling, Support Groups and Training


RFQ to provide Scheduled Short Term Care as a Respite for a Caregiver

The Suffolk County Office for the Aging invites responses from qualified entities to provide Scheduled Short Term Care as a Respite for a Caregiver in Suffolk County.

Download the RFQ for Short Term Care as a Respite for a Caregiver