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/
• 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.
WHERE TO APPLY
NYC-- see HRA policy bulletin 14-53-ELI
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.