Joe Robach announced this week that $3 million is being made available to provide air conditioners to eligible low-income New Yorkers with documented medical conditions that are exacerbated by extreme heat. The Cooling Assistance Component of the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) will begin May 1.

“State is helping New Yorkers in need remain safe and cool in their homes,” Joe Robach said in a press release sent out by his office. “HEAP is a critical resource for low-income New Yorkers with medical needs to get air conditioning and maintain a healthy living environment. I strongly encourage any eligible families in need to apply today.”

This program will help provide relief from the oppressive summer heat for some of New York State’s most vulnerable individuals, including senior citizens and children with illnesses that are aggravated by high temperatures. Joe Robach encourages all households in need of this assistance to apply soon so the air conditioning units can be installed before the higher temperatures arrive.

$3 million in HEAP funding has been set aside to provide air conditioning units to eligible households statewide. To qualify, households must meet 2013-14 HEAP income guidelines and have a household member that suffers from a documented medical condition exacerbated by extreme heat. Written documentation from a physician, physician’s assistant or nurse practitioner clearly indicating the need for an air conditioner is required and must be dated within the previous 12 months.

HEAP cooling assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis beginning May 1. Local departments of social services will be accepting applications for assistance.

2013-14 HEAP Income Eligibility Guidelines
Household Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income
1 $2,175
2 $2,844
3 $3,513
4 $4,182
5 $4,852
6 $5,521
7 $5,646
8 $5,772
9 $5,897
10 $6,023
11 $6,461
Each additional Add $503

Joe Robach encourages residents to check if they may be eligible for SNAP, and numerous other programs and benefits, by answering a few questions online at or by calling his office at 585.225.3650.