ALBANY, N.Y. (WENY) — Fifteen million dollars in cooling assistance will be available for low income New Yorkers looking to cool off this summer.
According to governor Kathy Hochul, the funding will be made available through the Home Energy Assistance Program or HEAP. The program covers the cost of an air conditioning unit and installation.
“The cooling assistance program is a vital lifeline for countless New York families who often face prohibitively expensive cooling costs when temperatures inevitably rise,” Hochul said. “As temperatures rise across the state, we are committed to ensuring that low-income and disadvantaged households have the means to stay safe, comfortable, and cool in their own homes.”
To qualify, applicants must include at least one member of a household that suffers from a medical condition brought upon by extreme heat.
Applications for cooling assistance will be accepted starting May 1st.
To find your local HEAP office and apply, click here.