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State funds being used to help vulnerable people get air conditioners

New York State is trying to make it easier for vulnerable New Yorkers to keep cool this summer.

Posted: May. 11, 2018 5:20 PM

New York State is trying to make it easier for vulnerable New Yorkers to keep cool this summer.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Friday that $3 million is being allocated to help New Yorkers purchase air conditioners if they suffer from serious health issues that are aggravated by extreme heat.

To qualify for the assistance, applicants must meet HEAP eligibility criteria and income guidelines, and have at least one member of their household that suffers from a documented medical condition that’s made worse by extreme heat.

"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 in a news release. "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."

Cuomo says the cooling assistance will be on a first come, first served basis. Applications will be accepted at local Departments of Social Services through Aug. 31, or until the funding runs out.

For a full list of locations where applications will be accepted, click here.

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