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HEAP Cooling Program

The 2020-2021 Cooling Assistance benefit opened on May 3, 2021.

Air conditioners are provided on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants.

To be eligible for a Cooling Assistance benefit, somebody in the household must have a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by extreme heat.

If you are eligible, you may receive one Cooling Assistance benefit per applicant household for the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or a fan to help your home stay cool.

Only one air conditioner or fan, not to exceed $800 with installation, will be provided per applicant household. No additional HEAP cash benefits are available.

Call 518-765-3564 or 518-756-8650 for more information and an application.

You may be eligible for a Cooling Assistance HEAP benefit if:

Your household's gross monthly income is at or below the current income guidelines for your household size as posted in the following table, or
You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, or
You receive Temporary Assistance (TA), or
You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone), and
You and your household members are United States Citizens or qualified aliens, and
Includes an individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by heat, and
You received a regular benefit greater than $21 in the current program year or reside in government subsidized housing with heat included in your rent, and
You currently do not have a working air conditioner or the air conditioner you have is five years old or older, and
You did not receive a HEAP funded air conditioner within the past five years.

2020-2021 HEAP Monthly Income Limits

Your total household gross monthly income for your household size must be at or below the following guidelines:

2020-2021 HEAP Benefit Gross Monthly Income Guidelines

Household Size       
Maximum Gross Monthly Income
1 $2,610
2 $3,413
3 $4,216
4 $5,019
5 $5,822
6 $6,625
7 $6,775
8 $6,926
9 $7,077
10 $7,227
11 $7,378
12 $7,755
Each additional Add $560


Call 518-765-3564 or 518-756-8650 for more information and an application.

Last updated August 3, 2021