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$3 million available to help those in need of an air conditioner

ALBANY, N.Y. (WIVB) - Governor Andrew Cuomo says $3 million is available for people with health issues, who need to buy an air conditioner.

Last year, Cuomo's office says 4,000 households received cooling assistance.

"When the heat and humidity of summer arrives, it's important that vulnerable New Yorkers are able to stay safe and comfortable in their homes," Cuomo said. "I encourage anyone with a medical condition that is worsened by high temperatures to apply now, so an air conditioner can be installed before the first heat wave hits."

Those interested can apply for cooling assistance through HEAP at a department of social services.

Applicants must meet current HEAP eligibility. Applications will be accepted through August 31, or until funding runs out.

Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance Commissioner Samuel D. Roberts said "We know that for some of our fellow New Yorkers, the summertime heat can pose a grave risk and this assistance could be potentially lifesaving. But it is vital that anyone who may be eligible, but does not have an air conditioner or cannot afford to purchase one, apply as soon as possible."

MORE | Information on HEAP can be found here.


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