Cooling assistance available for New Yorkers with medical conditions aggravated by heat

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With the summer months around the corner, New York State is making funding available to help people with serious health conditions that can be aggravated by extreme heat.

Posted: Apr 30, 2021 12:21 PM

ALBANY, N.Y. – With the summer months around the corner, New York State is making funding available to help people with serious health conditions that can be aggravated by extreme heat.

The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) has $15 million available to help the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance provide air conditioners to those who meet the eligibility criteria.

To qualify, households must meet certain income requirements, and someone who lives at the residence must suffer from a medical condition that is worse in the summer because of the heat and humidity.

Households in subsidized housing with heat included in their rent will qualify as long as a member of the household has an eligible medical condition.

"While many New Yorkers look forward to the approaching summer, others warily regard the extreme heat that is often associated with this season and the elevated health risks it can bring," said Mike Hein, commissioner of the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance. "This funding helps eligible low-income individuals and families cool their homes and avoid the chance that the summer's heat will exacerbate the medical condition of a loved-one."

County departments of social services will take the applications for cooling assistance starting Monday, May 3.

To find contact information for your county’s office, click here.

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