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Financial help to cover the cost and installation of an air conditioner or fan

Cooling Assistance Benefit | NYC Human Resources Administration (HRA), NYS Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA)

1. How it Works

The Cooling Assistance benefit helps eligible households buy and install an air conditioner or fan up to a cost of $800.

  • Applications are closed for the summer of 2022.
  • Air conditioners are given on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants.
  • If an air conditioner cannot be safely installed, a fan will be provided.
  • Applicants are only eligible for a Cooling Assistance benefit once every five years.

2. Determine your eligibility

You are eligible if all these apply to you:

  1. Someone in your household is a U.S. Citizen or has satisfactory immigration status.
  2. You do not have a working air conditioner. Or, the one you have is five years old or older.
  3. You did not get a HEAP-funded air conditioner in the last five years.
  4. One of these:
    • You get SNAP benefits, Temporary Assistance (TA), or Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone).
    • You’re getting a Regular HEAP benefit of $21 or more in the current program year and live in government subsidized housing (like NYCHA or Section 8) with heat included in your rent.
    • Your household’s gross monthly income is at or below the guidelines in this table:
Household Size Maximum Gross Monthly Income
1 $2,729
2 $3,569
3 $4,409
4 $5,249
5 $6,088
6 $6,928
7 $7,086
8 $7,243
9 $7,401
10 $7,558
11 $7,715
12 $7,873
13 $8,420
For each additional person Add $568


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More ways to get help with this program

Visit the website

Visit the NYS OTDA website for more information on the Cooling Assistance benefit.

Call 311

Ask for help with the Cooling Assistance benefit.


Call the HEAP Conference Line at 212-331-3126 if you have questions about the benefit.

Last Updated Tuesday, August 9th, 11:44am

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