ALBANY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Starting May 2, New York State will be providing $3 million in assistance for New Yorkers with heat related medical conditions to buy and install air conditioning systems.
Governor Andrew Cuomo announced the plan on Wednesday as a continuation of last summer’s Home Energy Assistance Program. More than 4,100 households received cooling assistance throughout New York State last summer.
“The heat and humidity during the height of the summer can be uncomfortable for some, but potentially life-threatening to others with medical conditions exacerbated by high temperatures,” Governor Cuomo said. “This program will ensure that some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers can remain safe and cool in their homes when the summer weather is at its worst.”
Applicants must provide medical documentation in writing, signed by a physician, physician’s assistant or a nurse practitioner. The document must clearly indicate the need for an air conditioner and must be dated within the previous 12 months.
Eligible households can apply for cooling assistance through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Home Energy Assistance Program beginning May 2 through August 31, or until funding runs out, whichever comes first. Assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
Information on where to apply in each county can be found on the NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s website.