Cooling Benefits

The HEAP Cooling Assistance benefit opens May 1, 2019.

If you are eligible, you may receive one Cooling Assistance benefit per applicant household for the purchase and installation of an air conditioner or a fan to help your home stay cool.

In circumstances where an air conditioner cannot be safely installed, a fan will be provided.

Only one air conditioner or fan, not to exceed $800 with installation, will be provided per applicant household. No additional HEAP cash benefits are available.

You may be eligible for a Cooling Assistance HEAP benefit if:

  • Your household's gross monthly income is at or below the current income guidelines for your household size as posted in the following table, or....
  • You receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as Food Stamp) benefits, or...
  • You receive Temporary Assistance (TA), or...
  • You receive Code A Supplemental Security Income (SSI Living Alone), and...
  • You and your household members are United States citizens or qualified aliens, and includes an individual with a documented medical condition that is exacerbated by heat, and you received a Regular benefit greater than $21 in the current program year, and you currently do not have a working air conditioner or the air conditioner you have is five years old or older.
  • You did not receive a HEAP-funded air conditioner within the last ten years.
  • Your household eligibility requirements include filing an application with your local department of social services, providing all necessary documentation, and the household must reside in an eligible living situation.

Getting the air conditioner installed


A participating Heating Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) vendor list can be obtained by contacting your HEAP Local District Contact. It will be your responsibility to maintain the air conditioner. This includes the responsibility to remove, cover, store and/or re-install the unit or the installation sleeve after vendor installation.

Your total household gross monthly income for your household size must be at or below the following guidelines:

2018-2019 HEAP Benefit Gross Monthly Income Guidelines

Household Size

Maximum Gross Monthly Income

1

$2,391

2

$3,127

3

$3,863

4

$4,598

5

$5,334

6

$6,070

7

$6,208

8

$6,346

9

$6,483

10

$6,621

11

$6,918

Each additional

Add $540