Vulnerable New Yorkers can receive an air-conditioning unit to provide relief from the summer heat wave
(Long Island, NY) Assemblyman Dean Murray (R,C-East Patchogue) today announced assistance for low-income residents whose health issues may pose a medical emergency during a heat wave. Through the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), vulnerable New Yorkers can receive an air-conditioning unit to provide relief from the summer heat wave.
“The heat waves of late spring and summer can pose serious health concerns for vulnerable populations such as low-income seniors,” said Murray. “LIHEAP will provide much-needed assistance for those who need to beat the heat and stay healthy. I strongly urge eligible families and seniors to take advantage of this great program today.”
To be eligible for an air-conditioning unit, residents must meet the following criteria:
1) Adhere to LIHEAP low-income guidelines. (For a four-person household, the maximum gross annual income to qualify is approximately $49,500.)
2) Have 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.
3) A doctor providing written documentation (dated within the last six months) that air-conditioning assistance is critical to prevent a heat emergency.
Murray encourages interested and eligible parties in Suffolk County to contact the region’s designated cooling program administrator, the Community Development Corp. of Long Island Inc., at 631-471-1215 with any questions or to take advantage of the LIHEAP initiative.