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Governor Cuomo Announces Air Conditioners Available for Low-Income New Yorkers With
Serious Medical Conditions
Annual Cooling Initiative, Directed by Homes and Community Renewal, Offers Relief
for Vulnerable New Yorkers During Heat Wave
Albany, NY (June 29, 2012)
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced assistance for low-income New Yorkers whose
health issues pose a medical emergency during the extended period of hot weather
forecasted for the state in the coming days.
"The late spring and early summer have already brought several heat waves, which
can be life-and-death matters for New Yorkers with serious medical conditions," Governor
Cuomo said. "Senior citizens and children are especially susceptible to heat-related
illness, and this initiative will provide low-income homes with much-needed air conditioners
so that New Yorkers have the assistance they need to stay cool and healthy."
In order to protect vulnerable New Yorkers, New York State has set aside $3 million
in funding through the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program
"Summer heat can be dangerous for many New Yorkers," said U.S. Senator Charles E.
Schumer. "I strongly urge eligible families and seniors to take advantage of this
program to help keep their homes safe and comfortable. As this heat wave moves across
New York, it’s absolutely essential that seniors aren’t put at risk because they
can't afford to keep their homes cool."
"Working with our non-profit partners across the state, we are happy to provide some
relief to those needy New Yorkers with medical conditions," said Darryl C. Towns,
Commissioner/CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), which administers
LIHEAP. "But if you find yourself without air conditioning and in a true heat emergency
this summer, please do not wait: head to your nearest local cooling center."
Eligibility for the program is determined by:
1. LIHEAP low-income guidelines. (For a four-person household, the maximum
gross annual income to qualify is approximately $49,500.)
2. Having at least one household member who has been diagnosed with a chronic
or acute medical condition which is aggravated by exposure to extreme heat situations.
3. A doctor providing written documentation (dated within the last six months)
that air-conditioning assistance is critical to prevent a heat emergency.
Households that have a working air conditioner or have received one from the State
in the last 10 years are not eligible.
The cooling program is administered by HCR with funding provided from the federal
Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funds, through the Office of Temporary and
Disability Assistance (OTDA). HCR's network of 63 local Weatherization agencies will
provide delivery and installation of cooling program services, and funds have been
allocated to ensure coverage in each of the state’s 62 counties.
These agencies will accept applications, determine eligibility, and oversee the installation
of the air-conditioning units. Under the terms of the grant, one air conditioner
will be awarded to an eligible household or dwelling unit, with installation and
labor included. Grants do not include an additional HEAP cash benefit to cover the
cost of operating the air conditioning unit.
The full list of local cooling program administrators is below:
NYS Homes and Community Renewal
Emergency Cooling Program County Coverage
SubgranteeCounties ServedPhone Number
Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. Bronx (718)292-6733