In advance of warm weather coming up, Governor Cuomo has announced that the state is making $15,000,000 available to assist those in the lower income scale who suffer from an illness that would be aggravated by the excessive summer heat.  The New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, with funding through the Home Energy Assistance Program, will provide air conditioners to those who are eligible and have themselves, or a family member, who suffer from a chronic illness or disability that would be exacerbated by the summer heat and humidity.

This New York State program has helped 28,000 lower income individuals and families over the last five years.

"We know there is hot weather ahead of us this summer, and no New Yorker should be left wondering whether they or their loved ones will be safe when temperatures spike," Governor Cuomo said. "This critical funding reflects our commitment to protecting the health and well-being of the most vulnerable among us well ahead of the first heatwave of the season."

Applications for cooling assistance are accepted at local departments of social services starting Monday, May 3 and extending through August 30, or until funding runs out. Assistance is provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

There are restrictions and qualifications that must be met in order to receive this state assistance.  If you think you qualify you are encouraged to visit the New York State government page for details by CLICKING HERE.

Hot weather is coming.  Stay cool New York!

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