HEAP Can Now Help Fund Air Conditioners

Governor Paterson and OTDA have announced that $2.4 million of federal Home Energy Assistance Program (“HEAP”) funds have been made available for the purchase and installation of energy efficient air conditioners to eligible individuals during the summer of 2008. About $1.2 million has been set aside for New York City and an identical amount for the rest of the state.

To be eligible for the program, a household must meet existing HEAP income guidelines and have at least one member that suffers from an acute medical condition that is exacerbated by extreme heat. Written documentation from a physician indicating the need for the air conditioner is required and must be dated within the previous six months.

Local social services districts are targeting outreach to medically needy households that would receive the greatest benefit from cooling services. New York City agencies are working collaboratively to target outreach to the neediest households.

New York City residents are directed to bring their inquiries to the New York City 311 helpline. Outside New York City, inquiries should be directed to the list of local weatherization subgrantees.
Lou Manuta

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