ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) – Governor Kathy Hochul announced that $15 million is available through the Home Energy Assistance Program to help low-income individuals and families who lack air conditioning to stay cool during the upcoming summer months.
The program covers the cost of an air conditioning unit and installation.
Under the expanded eligibility, the cooling component is expected to serve up to 20,000 households throughout the state.
“For too many New Yorkers, relief from the stifling heat that summer brings each year is prohibitively expensive,” Governor Hochul said. “By expanding the eligibility guidelines for cooling assistance, we can help ensure that more low-income and disadvantaged households have the means to stay comfortable and safe when temperatures inevitably rise.”
To qualify for cooling assistance, applicants must meet eligibility and income criteria. Applications for cooling assistance will be accepted beginning May 2nd.
Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
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