Cooling Assistance


Cooling Assistance

You can apply for cooling assistance to buy and install an air condition or a fan for your home. Your household is allowed one or the other, and the price cannot be more than $800 with installation. Like HEAP funding, cooling assistance funds are limited and are distributed on a first-come-first-serve basis.

You must be a U.S. citizen or a qualified alien with a documented medical condition that is aggravated by heat. You must also meet certain income guidelines. Review additional requirements to determine if you’re eligible to apply.

The 2016-17 Cooling Assistance benefit opens May 1, 2017.  You cannot apply online. To apply contact your HEAP Local District Contact.

Apply for a Regular HEAP Benefit

Refer to this step-by-step process to apply for the Regular HEAP Benefit online.

  1. Gather documents you will need
  2. Log on or register to create an account
  3. Answer a series of questions about your household
  4. Submit your application

Ready? Have with you:

  • Proof of residency with one of the following:
    • Rent receipt with address
    • Copy of lease with address
    • Water, sewer or tax bill
    • Homeowner’s insurance policy
    • Mortgage payment receipt
    • Deed
    • Utility bill
    • A current fuel or utility bill, or a statement from your landlord that your heat and/or utilities are included in your rent.
    • Recent pay stubs to provide proof of total currently monthly income for all household members.
    • For each person in your household you will need one of the following:
      • Photo ID
      • Driver’s license
      • Birth certificate or baptismal certificate
      • School records
      • Passport
      • Paperwork documenting a disability for anyone in your household.

Facing an emergency situation? Apply for an Emergency HEAP Benefit.
You can apply for an emergency HEAP benefit at your HEAP Local District Contact. If you are eligible, a HEAP emergency benefit may be issued in addition to your regular HEAP benefit.

Author: Harlem Valley News