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$22 Million Available Through HEAP to Help NYer’s Stay Cool This Summer


Governor Hochul has announced $22 million dollars has been made available through the Homer Energy Assistance Program, otherwise known as HEAP, to help low-income New Yorkers be able to stay cool this summer season.

The program, the Governor says, will be overseen by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). The program will provide an air conditioner unit to eligible households which can include those with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by extreme heat, or have young children or older adults.

“As we see more severe heat during the summer months due to climate change, it’s vital that we recognize the significant health risks extreme heat poses for New Yorkers with certain medical conditions, as well as young children and seniors,” Governor Hochul said. “This program helps at-risk households to stay safe and cool at home during severe heat spells, and I encourage those who may be eligible for this potentially life-saving assistance to apply before the summer arrives.”

Applications for cooling assistance via HEAP are now being accepted and will continue to be accepted through the Summer until August 31st or if funding runs out. Assistance will be offered through a first-come first-served basis. The Governor’s Office says over 27,000 households are expected to receive cooling assistance this year.

To qualify for the federally-funded program, applicants must meet HEAP eligibility criteria and income thresholds, which vary by household size and include at least one member of the household who suffers from a medical condition aggravated by extreme heat, or is under age 6, or over age 60.

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