Joe Robach recently announced assistance for low-income New Yorkers and seniors whose health issues pose a medical emergency during the extended period of hot weather forecasted for the state in the coming days. In order to protect vulnerable New Yorkers, New York State has set aside $3 million in funding through the federally-funded Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
Joe Robach knows that summer heat can be dangerous for many New Yorkers, so Joe Robach’s office urges eligible families and seniors to take advantage of this program to help keep their homes safe and comfortable.
Eligibility for the program is determined by:
LIHEAP low-income guidelines. (For a four-person household, the maximum gross annual income to qualify is approximately $49,500.)
- Having at least one household member who has been diagnosed with a chronic or acute medical condition which is aggravated by exposure to extreme heat situations.
- A doctor providing written documentation (dated within the last six months) that air-conditioning assistance is critical to prevent a heat emergency.
- Households that have a working air conditioner or have received one from the State in the last 10 years are not eligible.
The cooling program is administered by HCR with funding provided from the federal Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) funds, through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). HCR’s network of 63 local Weatherization agencies will provide delivery and installation of cooling program services, and funds have been allocated to ensure coverage in each of the state’s 62 counties.
These agencies will accept applications, determine eligibility, and oversee the installation of the air-conditioning units. Under the terms of the grant, one air conditioner will be awarded to an eligible household or dwelling unit, with installation and labor included. Grants do not include an additional HEAP cash benefit to cover the cost of operating the air conditioning unit.