HEAP cooling assistance is open
The Cooling Assistance component provides for the purchase and installation of air conditioners or a fan to eligible households. Whenever possible, window air conditioning units with an Energy Star rating must be installed. The HEAP Cooling Assistance component opens May 2, 2016 and will operate through August 31, 2016, or until funding allocated to this component is exhausted.
In circumstances where an air conditioner cannot be safely installed, a fan will be provided.
Only one air conditioner or fan, not to exceed $800 with installation, will be provided per dwelling. No additional HEAP cash benefits are available.
Your household may be eligible for a Cooling Assistance component benefit if:
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
o Your household’s gross monthly income is at or below the current income guides for your household size as posted in the table below or
o You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamp) benefits or
o You receive Temporary Assistance or
o You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone)
o You received a Regular benefit greater than $21 in the current heating season
o You currently do not have a working air conditioner or the air conditioner you have is five years old or older.
o You did not receive a HEAP funded air conditioner within the past ten years.
Your household eligibility requirements include filing an application with your local department of social services, providing all necessary documentation, and the household must reside in an eligible living situation.
Getting the air conditioner installed
A participating Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) vendor list can be obtained at your local department of social services. It will be your responsibility to maintain the air conditioner. This includes the responsibility to remove, cover, store, and/or reinstall the unit or the installation sleeve after vendor installation.
Where to apply
You may apply for the HEAP Cooling Assistance component at your local department of social services.
Deputy for Energy Programs
400 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
Office: (585) 442-2030 ext.204
Cell: (585) 773-4186
Fax: (585) 442-2039