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Air Conditioners Available to Low Income People with Medical Needs - 2014 Cooling Assistance Program
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. The 2014 HEAP cooling assistance program is available from May 1, 2014 through June 26, 2014.
The program formally shuts down after June 26, 2014, which is the last day that you can apply. Certain other restrictions apply. More information can be found in OTDA's press release and local commissioner's memorandum 14-LCM-03 and attachments (available at http://otda.ny.gov/policy/directives/2014/ ), as well as General Information System memo GIS 2014 TA/DC 021.
• 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/
• 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 2014 cooling assistance.
WHERE TO APPLY
For more information, go to OTDA's website at
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.