Individuals with Heat-Related Health Issues Can Apply to Receive Air Conditioners

AC Air Conditioner in New York City

Governor Andrew M. Cuomo announced on Friday that $3 million is available to help New Yorkers suffering from serious health issues that are aggravated by extreme heat purchase an air conditioner.

Individuals can apply for cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program at their local department of social services. Application forms are available here.

“When the heat and humidity of summer arrives, it’s important that vulnerable New Yorkers are able to stay safe and comfortable in their homes,” Cuomo said. “I encourage anyone with a medical condition that is worsened by high temperatures to apply now, so an air conditioner can be installed before the first heat wave hits.”

Last year, about 4,000 households received the same assistance. In order to qualify, applicants must meet existing HEAP eligibility criteria and income guidelines. They vary by household size, and have at least one member of the household that suffers from a documented medical condition exacerbated by extreme heat.

Cooling assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Local Departments of Social Services will accept applications through August 31, or until funding runs out.

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