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Air Conditioners Available to Low Income People with Medical Needs - 2013 Cooling Assistance Program

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Posted: 24 Jun, 2009
by Valerie Bogart (New York Legal Assistance Group)
Updated: 31 Jul, 2013
by Rebecca Wallach (New York Legal Assistance Group)

Note: Medicaid also may sometimes pay for an air conditioner.  See article. 

HEAP-funded air conditioners are available in limited supplies to low income people in NYS who have ongoing medical conditions made worse by heat.  Households may apply through August 30, 2013 or until the funds run out, whichever comes first. Certain restrictions apply.  More information can be found here: http://otda.ny.gov/news/2013/2013-04-01.asp.

  • Applicants must meet HEAP income eligibility criteria, which can be determined by calling 1-800-342-3009 or going to http://otda.ny.gov/main/programs/heap/  

 • A written statement from a health care provider documenting that the patient is at risk for heat-related illness must accompany the application.  See below for a template for this statement.

 • Households that reside in subsidized housing with heat included in the rent are not eligible for this component.; and 

 • Households with a working air conditioning unit that is less than 5 years old or that have received a HEAP funded air conditioner within the past 10 years are not eligible for the 2013 cooling assistance.


  • NYC--New York City applicants will apply at their local New York City Human Resources Administration (HRA) office. Please note that the New York City Department for the Aging (DFTA) is not accepting applications for the 2013 cooling component – all applications must be made at HRA.  To apply in person,

    visit NYC HEAP Cooling application locations.

    If the applicant is home bound, he or she can call the HRA info Line at 1-877-472-8411 and request an application. The applications can be mailed to: 
    PO Box 1401
    Church Street Station
    New York NY 10008

    For additional information about the NYC HEAP cooling assistance program, go to HRA's website at


For more information, go to OTDA's website at




Re: 2013 Cooling Assistance Program

Name: ______________, DOB: ________, age ______ years, is a patient under my care. S/he has a medical or psychiatric condition or takes medication that increases her/his risk for heat-related illness during a heat wave.

As her/his health care provider, I strongly advise that s/he use an air conditioner at home during a heat wave to prevent serious heat-related illness and possibly death. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Signature of health care provider

Medicaid also may sometimes pay for an air conditioner.  See article. 

This article was authored by the Evelyn Frank Legal Resources Program of New York Legal Assistance Group.


Attached files
file Cooling Assistance Upstate.pdf (89 kb)
file HRA_HEAP_office_locations.pdf (18 kb)

Also read
document Asking Medicaid to Pay for an Air Conditioner

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