Governor Kathy Hochul today announced that $22 million is available through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) to help low-income New Yorkers stay cool during the summer. The program, overseen by the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA), can provide an air conditioning unit to eligible households that include someone with a documented medical condition exacerbated by extreme heat, or households with 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 through HEAP are now being accepted and will continue to be accepted through Saturday, August 31, or until funding runs out. Cooling assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis. The program covers the cost of an air conditioning unit, or fan and installation. More than 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.

Residents may apply by contacting their local department of social services by phone or in person.