New York Free Air Conditioner Program

 Free air conditioner program for state of New YorkThe State of New York is providing free air conditioners for eligible residents.

New York Governor Andrew Cuomo has announced a $3 million program providing air conditioners to low income residents who have serious medical problems and need assistance during the current heat wave covering New York.

Recently New York has experienced a strong heat wave with temperatures above normal for this time of year. The heat wave has caused several deaths across the northeast. These deaths may have been prevented with adequate air conditioning. By utilizing federal grant moneys provided through the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) the state can provide relief and potentially save lives this summer.

Eligibility for the program is determined by:

  • LIHEAP low-income guidelines. (For a four-person household, the maximum gross annual income to qualify is approximately $49,500.)

  • Having at least one household member who has been diagnosed with a chronic or acute medical condition which is aggravated by exposure to extreme heat situations.

  • A doctor providing written documentation (dated within the last six months) that air-conditioning assistance is critical to prevent a heat emergency.
  • Households that have a working air conditioner or have received one from the State in the last 10 years are not eligible.

    The free air conditioner program is administered by HCR through the Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). HCR's network of 63 local Weatherization agencies will provide delivery and installation of cooling program services. The installation is also included for free. This particular grant does not include additional funding to provide for the cost of operating the new air conditioners, however some participants may be eligible for utility bill assistance through other programs.

    The best way to apply for a cooling unit is to contact a local HCR Weatherization agency in your community. A complete list of New York agencies able to assist in this program is provided below:


    NYS Homes and Community Renewal
    Emergency Cooling Program County Coverage
    Subgrantee Counties Served Phone Number
    Albany Community Action Partnership, Inc. Albany (518)432-4460
    Albany County Cooperative Extension Albany (518)765-3539
    Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc. Allegany (716)945-1041
    Association for Energy Affordability, Inc. Bronx (718)292-6733
    Bronx Shepherds Restoration Corporation Bronx (718)299-0500
    Northwest Bronx Community and Clergy Coalition, Inc. Bronx (718)584-0515
    Tioga Opportunities Program Inc. Broome (607)687-4222
    Cattaraugus Community Action, Inc. Cattaraugus (716)945-1041
    Cayuga-Seneca Community Action Inc. Cayuga (315)282-0531
    Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. Chautauqua (716)661-9430
    Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, Inc. Chemung (607)734-0795
    Opportunities for Chenango, Inc. Chenango (607)336-2101
    Joint Cncl. for Econ. Oppor. of Clinton & Franklin Co. Clinton (518)561-6310
    Columbia Opportunities Inc. Columbia (518)828-4611
    Cortland County Community Action Program Cortland (607)753-6781
    Delaware Opportunities Inc. Delaware (607)746-1690
    Dutchess County Community Action Agency, Inc. Dutchess (845)452-5104
    Neighborhood Housing Services of South Buffalo, Inc. Erie, City of Buffalo (716)837-0071
    Lt. Col. Matt Urban Human Svces. Ctr. of Western NY Erie, City/Outside of City (716)893-7222
    Supportive Services Corporation Erie, Outside of City (716)685-6252
    Adirondack Community Action Programs,Inc. Essex (518)873-3207
    Comlinks, Inc. Franklin (518)483-1261
    Fulmont Community Action Program Fulton (518)853-8359
    Orleans Community Action Committee, Inc. Genesee (585)343-7798
    Community Action of Greene County Inc. Greene (518)943-9205
    Warren/Hamilton Counties ACEO Inc. Hamilton (518)793-0636
    Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. Herkimer (315)624-9930
    Community Action Planning Cncl. of Jefferson Co., Inc. Jefferson (315)788-4388
    Bedford Stuyvesant Restoration Corporation, Inc. Kings (718)638-5705
    Crown Heights Jewish Community Council Kings (718)771-9000
    Opportunity Development Associaton Kings (718)855-8233
    Sunset Park Redevelopment Committee, Inc. Kings (718)492-8580
    Community Environmental Center, Inc. Kings (718)784-1444
    Lewis County Opportunities, Inc. Lewis (315)376-8202
    Livingston County Planning Department Livingston (585)243-7560
    Stoneleigh Housing Inc. Madison (315)697-3737
    Action for a Better Community, Inc. Monroe, City of Rochester (585)442-4160
    Pathstone Corporation Monroe (585)442-2030
    Fulmont Community Action Program Montgomery (518)853-3011
    Community Development Corp. of Long Island, Inc. Nassau (631)471-1215
    Harlem Community Development Corporation New York (212)961-4100
    Housing Conservation Coordinators New York (212)541-5996
    Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation New York (212)822-8340
    Niagara Community Action Program, Inc. Niagara (716)285-9681
    Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency, Inc. Oneida (315)624-9930
    People's Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc. Onondaga (315)470-3315
    Wayne County Action Program Inc. Ontario (315)483-8761
    Regional Economic Community Action Program, Inc. Orange (845)342-3978
    Orleans Community Action Committee, Inc. Orleans (585)589-5605
    People's Equal Action and Community Effort, Inc. Oswego (315)470-3315
    Opportunities for Otsego Inc. Otsego (607)433-0444
    Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc. Putnam (845)279-5533
    Community Environmental Center, Inc. Queens (718)784-1444
    Hellenic American Neighborhood Action Council, Inc. (HANAC) Queens (718)626-7575
    Margert Community Corporation Queens (718)471-3724
    CEO for the Greater Capital Region, Inc. Rensselaer (518)272-6012
    Northfield Community LDC of Staten Island Richmond (718)442-7351
    Rockland Community Development Council Rockland (845)352-1400
    St. Lawrence County Community Development Program, Inc. St. Lawrence (315)386-1102
    Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. Saratoga (518)587-3158
    Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. Schenectady (518)587-3158
    Schoharie County Community Action Program Schoharie (518)234-2568
    Economic Opportunity Program of Chemung and Schuyler Counties, Inc. Schuyler (607)734-0795
    Seneca County Office for the Aging Seneca (315)539-4263
    Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc. Steuben (607)776-2125
    Community Development Corp. of Long Island, Inc. Suffolk (631)471-1215
    CACHE, Inc. Sullivan (845)292-5821
    Tioga Opportunities Program, Inc. Tioga (607)687-4222
    Tompkins Community Action Tompkins (607)273-8816
    Ulster Community Action Committee Inc. Ulster (845)338-8750
    Warren/Hamilton Counties ACEO Inc. Warren (518)793-0636
    Washington County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc. Washington (518)746-2390
    Wayne County Action Program Inc. Wayne (315)483-8761
    Westchester Community Opportunity Program Inc. Westchester (914)375-7887
    Wyoming County Community Action Inc. Wyoming (585)237-2600
    Pro Action of Steuben and Yates Inc. Yates (607)776-2125

    Questions regarding the HEAP program should be directed to local providers listed above or the NYS HEAP Hotline at 1-800-342-3009.

    Those who want to see if they qualify under HEAP’s income guidelines should visit



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