NEW YORK (FOX 5 NY) - Residents in New York who are vulnerable to the heat during the warm weather months may be eligible for a free air conditioner and installation.
"The heat and humidity during the height of the summer can be uncomfortable for some, but potentially life-threatening to others with medical conditions exacerbated by high temperatures," Governor Cuomo said. "This program will ensure that some of the most vulnerable New Yorkers can remain safe and cool in their homes when the summer weather is at its worst."
Residents must meet income requirements in order to qualify. Click HERE for guidelines.
Some of the most vulnerable to the extreme heat include the elderly and people with breathing ailments such as asthma.
In New York City, 693 households received assistance to beat the heat last year.
Eligible households can apply for cooling assistance through the New York State Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance's Home Energy Assistance Program beginning May 2.
To apply, visit: http://otda.ny.gov/programs/heap/HEAP-contacts.pdf.
Last summer, more than 4,100 households received cooling assistance.