Cool Off, With Help From The Government

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New York State has announced that cooling assistance is available for those with heat-related health problems. New Yorkers with serious medical conditions may be eligible to receive air conditioners through the State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, which is making a limited number of home air conditioners available to eligible New Yorkers with medical conditions exacerbated by heat.

The program, supported with $3 million in funding from the Home Energy Assistance Program, is now accepting applications. To be eligible, households must meet 2012/2013 HEAP income guidelines and have at least one member who suffers from a documented medical condition exacerbated by 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.

HEAP Cooling Assistance Program benefits will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Local departments of social services will accept applications through August 30, or until all funding has been exhausted, whichever comes first. Households determined to be eligible will receive one air conditioner that will be installed at no charge to the household.

Applications for cooling assistance are being accepted at local departments of Social Services. To find out more, visit otda.ny.gov/workingfamilies/dss.asp.

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