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$3m in federal funding for New Yorkers for cooling assistance

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Staff Writer | May 2, 2017
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Empire State   First-come, first-served

$3 million is available for individuals with serious health issues to receive assistance to purchase air conditioners.

Federal funding secured by the state will help New Yorkers with health issues that may be aggravated by extreme heat by providing cooling assistance through the Home Energy Assistance Program.

Individuals eligible for assistance can apply at their local department of social services beginning May 1.

The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which oversees the program, has set aside $3 million in federal funding to provide installation and air conditioning units to eligible households. Last summer, nearly 5,000 households received assistance.

To qualify, applicants must meet existing HEAP income guidelines, which vary by household size and have at least one member of the household that suffers from a documented medical condition exacerbated by extreme heat.

Households that already have a working air conditioner less than five years old, and households that have received a HEAP-funded air conditioner within the past 10 years, are not eligible.

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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