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 (LIHEAP).
"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, its absolutely essential that seniors arent 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:
- LIHEAP low-income guidelines. (For a four-person household, the maximum gross annual income to qualify is approximately $49,500.)
- 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.
- 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 states 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|
|Subgrantee||Counties Served||Phone Number|
|Albany Community Action Partnership, Inc.||Albany||(518)432-4460|
|Albany County Cooperative Extension||Albany||(518)765-3539|
|Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc.||Allegany||(716)945-1041|
|Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.||Bronx||(718)292-6733|
|Bronx Shepherds Restoration Corporation||Bronx||(718)299-0500|
|Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Inc.||Bronx||(718)584-0515|
|Tioga Opportunities Program Inc.||Broome||(607)687-4222|
|Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc.||Cattaraugus||(716)945-1041|
|Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Inc.||Cayuga||(315)282-0531|
|Chautauqua Opportunities Inc.||Chautauqua||(716)661-9430|
|Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, Inc.||Chemung||(607)734-0795|
|Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.||Chenango||(607)336-2101|
|Joint Cncl. for Econ. Oppor. of Clinton & Franklin Co.||Clinton||(518)561-6310|
|Columbia Opportunities Inc.||Columbia||(518)828-4611|
|Cortland County Community Action Program||Cortland||(607)753-6781|
|Delaware Opportunities Inc.||Delaware||(607)746-1690|
|Dutchess County Community Action Agency, Inc.||Dutchess||(845)452-5104|
|Neighborhood Housing Services of South Buffalo, Inc.||Erie, City of Buffalo||(716)837-0071|
|Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Svces. Ctr. of Western NY||Erie, City/Outside of City||(716)893-7222|
|Supportive Services Corporation||Erie, Outside of City||(716)685-6252|
|Adirondack Community Action Programs,Inc.||Essex||(518)873-3207|
|Fulmont Community Action Program||Fulton||(518)853-8359|
|Orleans Community Action Committee, Inc.||Genesee||(585)343-7798|
|Community Action of Greene County Inc.||Greene||(518)943-9205|
|Warren/Hamilton Counties ACEO Inc.||Hamilton||(518)793-0636|
|Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc.||Herkimer||(315)624-9930|
|Community Action Planning Cncl. of Jefferson Co., Inc.||Jefferson||(315)788-4388|
|Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Inc.||Kings||(718)638-5705|
|Crown Heights Jewish Community Council||Kings||(718)771-9000|
|Opportunity Development Associaton||Kings||(718)855-8233|
|Sunset Park Redevelopment Committee, Inc.||Kings||(718)492-8580|
|Community Environmental Center, Inc.||Kings||(718)784-1444|
|Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.||Lewis||(315)376-8202|
|Livingston County Planning Department||Livingston||(585)243-7560|
|Stoneleigh Housing Inc.||Madison||(315)697-3737|
|Action for a Better Community, Inc.||Monroe, City of Rochester||(585)442-4160|
|Fulmont Community Action Program||Montgomery||(518)853-3011|
|Community Development Corp. of Long Island, Inc.||Nassau||(631)471-1215|
|Harlem Community Development Corporation||New York||(212)961-4100|
|Housing Conservation Coordinators||New York||(212)541-5996|
|Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation||New York||(212)822-8340|
|Niagara Community Action Program, Inc.||Niagara||(716)285-9681|
|Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc.||Oneida||(315)624-9930|
|People's Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc.||Onondaga||(315)470-3315|
|Wayne County Action Program Inc.||Ontario||(315)483-8761|
|Regional Economic Community Action Program, Inc.||Orange||(845)342-3978|
|Orleans Community Action Committee, Inc.||Orleans||(585)589-5605|
|People's Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc.||Oswego||(315)470-3315|
|Opportunities for Otsego Inc.||Otsego||(607)433-0444|
|Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc.||Putnam||(845)279-5533|
|Community Environmental Center, Inc.||Queens||(718)784-1444|
|Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Council, Inc. (HANAC)||Queens||(718)626-7575|
|Margert Community Corporation||Queens||(718)471-3724|
|CEO for the Greater Capital Region, Inc.||Rensselaer||(518)272-6012|
|Northfield Community LDC of Staten Island||Richmond||(718)442-7351|
|Rockland Community Development Council||Rockland||(845)352-1400|
|St. Lawrence County Community Development Program, Inc.||St. Lawrence||(315)386-1102|
|Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.||Saratoga||(518)587-3158|
|Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.||Schenectady||(518)587-3158|
|Schoharie County Community Action Program||Schoharie||(518)234-2568|
|Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, Inc.||Schuyler||(607)734-0795|
|Seneca County Office for the Aging||Seneca||(315)539-4263|
|Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc.||Steuben||(607)776-2125|
|Community Development Corp. of Long Island, Inc.||Suffolk||(631)471-1215|
|Tioga Opportunities Program, Inc.||Tioga||(607)687-4222|
|Tompkins Community Action||Tompkins||(607)273-8816|
|Ulster Community Action Committee Inc.||Ulster||(845)338-8750|
|Warren/Hamilton Counties ACEO Inc.||Warren||(518)793-0636|
|Washington County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.||Washington||(518)746-2390|
|Wayne County Action Program Inc.||Wayne||(315)483-8761|
|Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc.||Westchester||(914)375-7887|
|Wyoming County Community Action Inc.||Wyoming||(585)237-2600|
|Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc.||Yates||(607)776-2125|
Questions regarding the HEAP program should be directed to local providers listed above or the NYS HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.
Those who want to see if they qualify under HEAPs income guidelines should visit www.mybenefits.ny.gov