As Temperatures Heat Up, Gov. Hochul Helps to Cool Down New Yorkers in Need
By Yehudit Garmaise
More New Yorkers who need air conditioning to stay cool this summer have the opportunity apply for free a/c units, fans, and installation through the Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP), for which Gov. Hochul expanded eligibility last week to 20,000 households statewide.
That number is up significantly from last year, when 11,300 households statewide received HEAP’s air conditioning units and fans, which were only available to income-eligible households in one New Yorker suffered from a documented medical condition that was worsened by extreme heat.
New York City residents who are interested in applying for cooling assistance can download applications and get more information at access.nyc.gov.
The program has already started accepting applications and will do so until Aug. 31, or until the state’s $15 million in funding runs out. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
"For too many New Yorkers, relief from the stifling heat that summer brings each year is prohibitively expensive," said Gov. Hochul, who said the assistance covers a/c units and fans that cost up to $800. "By expanding the eligibility guidelines for cooling assistance, we can help ensure that more low-income and disadvantaged households have the means to stay comfortable and safe when temperatures inevitably rise."
To qualify for air conditioning units, applicants must meet income thresholds, which vary by household sizes.
A family of four, for instance, may have a maximum gross monthly income of $5,249 or an annual gross income of $62,983, to qualify.