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Air Conditioners Available to Low Income People with Medical Needs - 2014 Cooling Assistance Program

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Posted: 24 Jun, 2009
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Updated: 19 Jun, 2014

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/  

 • A written statement from a health care provider documenting that the patient is at risk for heat-related illness must accompany the application.  See below for a template for this statement.

 • 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.


  • Rest of State -  apply through your local department of social services.  For more details about the application process, go to 14 LCM-03..

For more information, go to OTDA's website at




Re: 2014 Cooling Assistance Program

Name: ______________, DOB: ________, age ______ years, is a patient under my care. S/he has a medical or psychiatric condition or takes medication that increases her/his risk for heat-related illness during a heat wave.

As her/his health care provider, I strongly advise that s/he use an air conditioner at home during a heat wave to prevent serious heat-related illness and possibly death. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.

Signature of health care provider

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.


Attached files
item Cooling Assistance Upstate.pdf (89 kb) Download
item HRA_HEAP_office_locations.pdf (18 kb) Download

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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