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Financial Assistance for Air Conditioners - 2022 Cooling Assistance Program

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Posted: 24 Jun, 2009
by Valerie Bogart (New York Legal Assistance Group)
Updated: 03 Jun, 2022
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 meet income and other requirements. In 2022 a qualifying medical condition exacerbated by heat is no longer a requirement to access this benefit. The 2022 HEAP cooling assistance program is available beginning May 2, 2022 through August 31, 2022. The program will help with purchasing & installing the air conditioner, up to a cost of $800. Units are provided on a first come, first serve basis.  

More detailed information can be found here: https://access.nyc.gov/programs/cooling-assistance-benefit/


Applicants must meet the following eligibility standards:

  • U.S. citizen or satisfactory immigration status
  • Does not have a working air conditioner which is newer than five years
  • Received a regular HEAP benefit OR live in subsidized housing with heat included in rent
  • Receive SNAP/TA/SSI OR meet certain income requirements (listed on website)

Certain other restrictions apply.  More information can be found in local commissioner's memorandum 20-LCM-11 and attachments.


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.


Also read
item Asking Medicaid to Pay for an Air Conditioner

External links
http://www.wnylc.com/health/client/images/icons/article_out.svg http://www.otda.state.ny.us/main/heap/documents/Cooling-contacts.pdf
http://www.wnylc.com/health/client/images/icons/article_out.svg http://www.otda.state.ny.us/main/heap/cooling.asp

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