New Yorkers, Get Cool


Older adults and people with certain medical conditions are at higher risk of heat-related illness. Spending at least a few hours in air conditioning is one of the best ways to protect yourself. Find out if your household is eligible to receive a Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) Cooling Assistance Benefit for the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or a fan to help your home stay cool.

Starting May 1st, your household may be eligible for a HEAP Cooling Assistance benefit if: • Your gross monthly income is at or below HEAP’s monthly income limits • You receive SNAP, Temporary Assistance, or Supplemental Security Income Living Alone • You and your household members are United States Citizens or qualified aliens • A household member has a documented medical condition worsened by heat • You received a Regular HEAP Heating Benefit greater than $21 this year • You have no working air conditioners or your air conditioner is at least 5 years old • You have not received a HEAP-funded air conditioner in 10 years

Tips to Get Cool: • Stay indoors in air conditioning for at least a few hours • Drink plenty of cool nonalcoholic and caffeine-free liquids • Talk to your doctor about how to stay hydrated and medications that might make you sensitive to heat • Avoid working or playing outside during the hottest part of the day (11 a.m. to 4 p.m.) • Take a cool shower or bath

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For more information on how to apply for the Cooling Program in Dutchess County, Community Action Partnership can help! Call 845-452-5104 x-182