New York State is making free air conditioners available to help New Yorkers beat the heat this summer.

Governor Cuomo announced $3 million in funding to purchase air conditioners or fans to help people who have health conditions aggravated by extreme heat stay cool this summer.

To qualify, applicants must meet existing HEAP eligibility criteria and income guidelines, which vary by household size, and have at least one member of the household that suffers from a documented medical condition exacerbated by extreme heat. For example, a household of four can earn up to $53,482 a year or $4,457 a month, and still qualify for assistance.

Cooling assistance will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis. Local Departments of Social Services will accept applications through August 31, or until funding runs out.

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