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    Annual Cooling Initiative, Directed by Homes and Community Renewal, Offers Relief for Vulnerable New Yorkers During Heat Wave
    Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced assistance for low-income New Yorkers whose health issues pose a medical emergency during the extended period of hot weather forecasted for the state in the coming days.

    "The late spring and early summer have already brought several heat waves, which can be life-and-death matters for New Yorkers with serious medical conditions," Governor Cuomo said. "Senior citizens and children are especially susceptible to heat-related illness, and this initiative will provide low-income homes with much-needed air conditioners so that New Yorkers have the assistance they need to stay cool and healthy."

    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).

    "Summer heat can be dangerous for many New Yorkers," said U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer. "I strongly urge eligible families and seniors to take advantage of this program to help keep their homes safe and comfortable. As this heat wave moves across New York, it’s absolutely essential that seniors aren’t put at risk because they can't afford to keep their homes cool."

    "Working with our non-profit partners across the state, we are happy to provide some relief to those needy New Yorkers with medical conditions," said Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner/CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal (HCR), which administers LIHEAP. "But if you find yourself without air conditioning and in a true heat emergency this summer, please do not wait: head to your nearest local cooling center."

    Eligibility for the program is determined by:
    1) LIHEAP low-income guidelines. (For a four-person household, the maximum gross annual income to qualify is approximately $49,500.)
    2) 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.
    3) 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.

    The full list of local cooling program administrators is below: NYS Homes and Community Renewal
    Emergency Cooling Program County Coverage
    Subgrantee    Counties Served    Phone Number
    Albany Community Action Partnership, Inc.    Albany    (518)432-4460
    Albany County Cooperative Extension    Albany    (518)765-3539
    Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc.     Allegany    (716)945-1041
    Association for Energy Affordability, Inc.    Bronx    (718)292-6733
    Bronx Shepherds Restoration Corporation    Bronx    (718)299-0500
    Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Inc.    Bronx    (718)584-0515
    Tioga Opportunities Program Inc.    Broome    (607)687-4222
    Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc.     Cattaraugus    (716)945-1041
    Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Inc.     Cayuga    (315)282-0531
    Chautauqua Opportunities Inc.    Chautauqua     (716)661-9430
    Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, Inc.    Chemung    (607)734-0795
    Opportunities for Chenango, Inc.    Chenango    (607)336-2101
    Joint Cncl. for Econ. Oppor. of Clinton & Franklin Co.    Clinton    (518)561-6310
    Columbia Opportunities Inc.    Columbia    (518)828-4611
    Cortland County Community Action Program    Cortland    (607)753-6781
    Delaware Opportunities Inc.    Delaware    (607)746-1690
    Dutchess County Community Action Agency, Inc.    Dutchess    (845)452-5104
    Neighborhood Housing Services of South Buffalo, Inc.    Erie, City of Buffalo    (716)837-0071
    Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Svces. Ctr. of Western NY     Erie, City/Outside of City    (716)893-7222
    Supportive Services Corporation    Erie, Outside of City    (716)685-6252
    Adirondack Community Action Programs,Inc.    Essex    (518)873-3207
    Comlinks, Inc.    Franklin    (518)483-1261
    Fulmont Community Action Program     Fulton    (518)853-8359
    Orleans Community Action Committee, Inc.    Genesee    (585)343-7798
    Community Action of Greene County Inc.    Greene    (518)943-9205
    Warren/Hamilton Counties ACEO Inc.    Hamilton    (518)793-0636
    Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc.    Herkimer    (315)624-9930
    Community Action Planning Cncl. of Jefferson Co., Inc.    Jefferson    (315)788-4388
    Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Inc.    Kings    (718)638-5705
    Crown Heights Jewish Community Council    Kings    (718)771-9000
    Opportunity Development Associaton    Kings    (718)855-8233
    Sunset Park Redevelopment Committee, Inc.    Kings    (718)492-8580
    Community Environmental Center, Inc.    Kings    (718)784-1444
    Lewis County Opportunities, Inc.    Lewis    (315)376-8202
    Livingston County Planning Department    Livingston    (585)243-7560
    Stoneleigh Housing Inc.    Madison    (315)697-3737
    Action for a Better Community, Inc.    Monroe, City of Rochester    (585)442-4160
    Pathstone Corporation    Monroe    (585)442-2030
    Fulmont Community Action Program     Montgomery    (518)853-3011
    Community Development Corp. of Long Island, Inc.    Nassau    (631)471-1215
    Harlem Community Development Corporation    New York    (212)961-4100
    Housing Conservation Coordinators    New York    (212)541-5996
    Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation    New York    (212)822-8340
    Niagara Community Action Program, Inc.    Niagara    (716)285-9681
    Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc.    Oneida    (315)624-9930
    People's Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc.    Onondaga    (315)470-3315
    Wayne County Action Program Inc.    Ontario    (315)483-8761
    Regional Economic Community Action Program, Inc.    Orange    (845)342-3978
    Orleans Community Action Committee, Inc.    Orleans    (585)589-5605
    People's Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc.    Oswego    (315)470-3315
    Opportunities for Otsego Inc.    Otsego    (607)433-0444
    Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc.    Putnam    (845)279-5533
    Community Environmental Center, Inc.    Queens    (718)784-1444
    Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Council, Inc. (HANAC)    Queens    (718)626-7575
    Margert Community Corporation    Queens    (718)471-3724
    CEO for the Greater Capital Region, Inc.    Rensselaer    (518)272-6012
    Northfield Community LDC of Staten Island    Richmond    (718)442-7351
    Rockland Community Development Council    Rockland    (845)352-1400
    St. Lawrence County Community Development Program, Inc.    St. Lawrence    (315)386-1102
    Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.     Saratoga    (518)587-3158
    Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.     Schenectady    (518)587-3158
    Schoharie County Community Action Program    Schoharie    (518)234-2568
    Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, Inc.    Schuyler    (607)734-0795
    Seneca County Office for the Aging    Seneca    (315)539-4263
    Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc.    Steuben    (607)776-2125
    Community Development Corp. of Long Island, Inc.    Suffolk    (631)471-1215
    CACHE, Inc.    Sullivan    (845)292-5821
    Tioga Opportunities Program, Inc.    Tioga    (607)687-4222
    Tompkins Community Action    Tompkins    (607)273-8816
    Ulster Community Action Committee Inc.     Ulster    (845)338-8750
    Warren/Hamilton Counties ACEO Inc.    Warren    (518)793-0636
    Washington County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.    Washington    (518)746-2390
    Wayne County Action Program Inc.    Wayne    (315)483-8761
    Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc.    Westchester    (914)375-7887
    Wyoming County Community Action Inc.    Wyoming    (585)237-2600
    Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc.    Yates    (607)776-2125

    Questions regarding the HEAP program should be directed to local providers listed above or the NYS HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.

    Those who want to see if they qualify under HEAP’s income guidelines should visit