Assemblyman Goldfeder Highlights Program to Help Struggling Families Stay Cool This Summer

July 9, 2012
As temperatures continue to climb this summer, Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder (D-Rockaway) is drawing attention to a program that helps low-income New York families afford air conditioning for the hot summer months ahead.

The Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) is a federally funded program, administered through New York Office of Temporary and Disability Assistance (OTDA). The $3 million available through LIHEAP and set aside by the state helps eligible families cover the high cost of keeping their homes cool and safe, Assemblyman Goldfeder noted.

“Scorching summer heat can quickly become a life-threatening emergency,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “That’s why it’s crucial to be aware of available programs like LIHEAP. There comes a point when air conditioning is not a luxury, but a health necessity.”

To be eligible for LIHEAP, one must:

  • meet guidelines based on income and family size;
  • 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; and
  • obtain a doctor’s written documentation within the last six months that air conditioning is critical to prevent a heat emergencyi.

“This program is particularly important for those most susceptible to summer heat – children and seniors,” Assemblyman Goldfeder said. “Unfortunately, too many families will not turn on their air conditioner because they simply can’t afford it. No family should be putting their lives in danger during this extreme heat because of financial difficulty.”

For more information on this program, eligibility requirements or to fill out an application, contact Assemblyman Goldfeder’s office at 945-9550 or email