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Office for the Aging

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Contact: Kathy Fox, Director

109 Mary Street
Suite 1101
Herkimer, NY 13350

Phone: 315-867-1121

Fax: 315-867-1448


Donations can be sent to:

Herkimer County Office for the Aging
109 Mary Street Suite 1101
Herkimer, NY 13350

Donations can be made in someones memory or on someones behalf. You can specify which program you would like the donate to.

“Great opportunities to help others seldom come, but small ones surround us every day” —Sally Koch

Hours of Operation:

Office Hours: Monday - Friday 8am to 5pm

From Memorial Day to Labor Day (summer hours)
Monday - Friday 8:00am to 4:00pm

Age Friendly Community Needs Assessment

In 2020 the Herkimer County Office for the Aging was awarded a grant from the New York State Office for the Aging in collaboration with the New York State Departments of Health and State. The grant is designed to assist counties with incorporating healthy, age-friendly community principles into all relevant policies, plans, ordinances, and programs. Herkimer County's aim in pursuing this initiative is to develop and promote resources that will contribute to healthier living environments in communities throughout the County, and help improve the quality of life for residents of all ages. Toward those ends, the Office for the Aging worked with other regional agencies and organizations, including the Herkimer County Administrator, Herkimer County HealthNet, Catholic Charities of Herkimer County, Herkimer County Chamber of Commerce, Herkimer Industrial Development, Herkimer County DSS, Herkimer Working Solutions, and Herkimer County Community College to form the Herkimer County Age Friendly Coalition.  

Over the past year the Coalition has been meeting to discuss ideas and strategies for developing communities that meet AARP's and the World Health Organization's definition of "age friendly." The Coalition also worked with Herkimer County Community College to recruit a student volunteer, Julie Benhoff, to create an original logo for the initiative. Ms. Benhoff graduated Magna Cum Laude in May from Herkimer County Community College with an associate's degree in Fine Arts. The logo she created will be featured on all Coalition materials and will help market the Age Friendly initiative.  

The Coalition has developed a survey to help identify community needs then determine what steps should be taken to make communities "age friendly." The survey will be distributed throughout Herkimer County this summer in both hard copy and electronic formats, and responses to the survey will be collected through February 2022. Adult residents of Herkimer County interested in completing the survey should visit  or use the QR code below to access the survey.  Those who do not have access to a computer or who have questions about this initiative can call the Office for the Aging at 315-867-1121 for assistance. Paper copies of the survey can be mailed to county residents. Individuals interested in being a part of the Age Friendly Coalition can also use this number to receive more information. Once the survey is completed the Coalition will use the feedback gathered to develop a work plan for making Herkimer County communities "age friendly."


Meals on Wheels drivers and Mealsite Managers needed. Monday-Friday; 2-3 hours per day; hourly rate + mileage. Please call Dave @ 315-867-1414.

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The Herkimer County Office for the Aging (OFA) plans, funds, and delivers services to people aged 60 and older in Herkimer County.

As the authorized Area Agency on Aging, the Herkimer County Office for the Aging receives funds from donations, the federal government, NYS Office for the Aging and Herkimer County.

Our Goal; to help senior citizens remain in their homes, independently, for as long as possible, while giving priority to those with the greatest economic and social needs as well as older individuals at risk for institutional placement.

Our mission; to offer a wide range of supportive services with respect and dignity for the senior citizen population and their families.

The programs that we provide to seniors citizens are vitally important to them being able to maintain their independence. If anyone would like to donate to any of the programs that the Office for the Aging provides, it would be greatly appreciated and would assist us in continuing our mission.

Additional Contacts:

General Questions Regarding OFA Programs
Phone: 315-867-1121

In-Home services, Job Pool, Caregiver & Respite Services
Phone: 315-867-1124
Fax: 315-867-1448

Meals-on-Wheels, Congregate Meals and Nutrition Counseling
Phone: 315-867-1204

HEAP (Home Energy Assistance Program)
Phone: 315-867-1195

WRAP - Weatherization Referral Assistance Program
Assists low-income seniors with the weatherization of their homes in order to reduce home heating and energy costs. Possible projects include replacement of windows and doors that are leaking air, insulation, and energy efficient appliances. Eligibility criteria: Herkimer County resident, aged 60 or older, HEAP eligible, either own their own home (or have life use) or renters. There is no cost to the applicant.
Phone: 315-867-1370

In-Home Services

Services include shopping assistance, homemaking, and personal care services. These services are available to homebound and/or disabled seniors aged 60 and older. These programs are operated either directly by OFA or the Alternatives in Long Term Care Unit.

One of these services, EISEP, (pronounced eye-sep) is for those who have incomes above the Medicaid level.

Another service, the Companion-Homemaker Program, provides light housekeeping and shopping for 2 hours every other week for those who qualify. Call 867-1124

Legal Aid

Available in the areas of public entitlement, family law, landlord and tenant disputes, wills and consumer problems through a contract with the Legal Aid Society of Mid-New York.

Call 867-1124 or 867-1415 - For people under age 60, please call Legal Aid directly at 793-7000.

Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP)

In an effort to help income eligible individuals cope with higher fuel bills of winter, NYS participates in the Federal funded "Home Energy Assistance Program", commonly known as HEAP. When you are approved, HEAP will make a lump-sum payment directly to your energy supplier on your behalf. This payment is known as a grant and will appear as a credit on your fuel account. Payments may take up to 90 days to be credited to your account.


Grants are ordinarily limited to one per household, per heating season. The grant amount is based on your fuel type, household size, and household income during the four weeks prior to your application.


To be eligible for a HEAP grant, you must meet income guidelines and residence requirements and you must pay for heating energy directly to a fuel company or as part of your rent.

There are certain living situations, which do not qualify for HEAP. The following do NOT qualify:

  • Tenants of government subsidized housing where heat is included in the rent.
  • Individuals paying room and or room and board in a private residence.
  • Residents of care facilities, dormitories, and board in a private residence.
  • Those who do not have heating responsibilities.

Income Guidelines for the 2020-2021 HEAP Season

Household Size                                           Maximum Gross Monthly Income

           1                                                                        $ 2,610

           2                                                                        $ 3,413

           3                                                                        $ 4,216

Call the Office for the Aging if you need income limits for a household over 3.


The HEAP application asks for enough information to determine your eligibility and grant amount.You must give basic information such as your name, address, and telephone number. You must provide copies of photo ID or birth certificate, social security cards and income for everyone in your household.  All information is treated as highly confidential and in accordance with the New York State Personal Privacy Protection Law which took effect on September 1, 1984.


When applying for HEAP you will need to provide identification and proof of gross income for everyone who lives in your home. Depending on circumstances, you may use birth certificates, a marriage license, driver's license, rental receipts and copies of current pays stubs or pension statements. We cannot use bank statements for proof of monthly income.

  • · Social security/Disability/SSI
  • · Pension/Veteran's Benefit
  • · Dividends (from stocks, bonds)
  • · Alimony/Support (or court order)
  • · Payroll, Worker's Compensation, Unemployment Insurance Benefit
  • · Rentals (received from tenants/roomers/real property)
  • · Interest (up-dated on pass books, savings, checking, CD's, etc.)

Emergency HEAP:

Opens in January 2021. In certain low fuel or shut-off notice situations, emergency grants are available and are processed immediately to prevent a utility shut off or to guarantee a fuel delivery. For these situations, if you are age 60 or older, please call OFA at 315-867-1370. For those under the age of 60, please call DSS @ 315-867-1220.

Furnace Repair/Replacement for those 60 and over.

Additional aid may be allowed for the repair of basic heating equipment that is inoperable or unsafe. For more information call OFA @ 315-867-1370.

Clean and Tune for those 60 and over:

The cleaning of the primary heating equipment, but may also include minor repairs for proper efficient operation of heating equipment.

Cooling Assistance will open May 1, 2021:

For the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or fan to help keep the home cool.

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