Cooling assistance for New Yorkers

By Matt Hicks

Cooling assistance for New Yorkers

April 1, 2013 Updated Apr 1, 2013 at 7:55 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) With temperatures starting to climb, cooling assistance is being made available to New Yorkers.

The program will utilize $3 million in funding from the Home Energy Assistance Program to provide a limited number of air conditioners.

The program will only be available to those with heat-related health problems, and eligibility will be based on HEAP guidelines.

“As the summer months approach, we want to ensure that those with existing health issues are prepared to safely cope with high temperatures and avoid what can often be life-threatening situations for some,” said Kristin M. Proud, acting commissioner for the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance, in a statement. “This effort focuses on assisting some of the most medically vulnerable New Yorkers, including senior citizens and children.”

The OTDA is currently accepting applications, which are available at local Department of Social Services offices.

To find out how to contact your local Department of Social Services, click here.