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HEAP Cooling Assistance available beginning May 2


The Erie County Home Energy Assistance Program's Cooling Assistance component is available to eligible households beginning May 2, 2016. The program will close on August 31, 2016 or earlier, if funding is exhausted.

All HEAP components are federally funded, with funding limited and cooling assistance provided on a first-come, first-served basis.

Income Eligibility requirements include:

  • Households must have received a 2015-16 HEAP benefit OR have an income that does not exceed the 2015-16 maximum HEAP guidelines. Household income limits are listed on the HEAP website

 "Medical Need" requirements include:

  • At least one member of the household must have a medical condition exacerbated (made worse) by extreme heat. The medical condition must be clearly stated, documented in writing by a physician, physician's assistant or nurse practitioner, and be dated within the last 12 months. Documentation older than 12 months may be used, if it provides sufficient information to indicate the medical condition is considered chronic.

Households that received HEAP Cooling Assistance within the last 10 years, or households with a working air conditioning unit that is less than five years old, are not eligible. Households that have heating costs included in rent, and rent is subsidized (Section 8, Belmont, HUD, and others) are not eligible.

Beginning May 2, 2016, clients may apply at the HEAP office, 291 Pearl St., Buffalo, between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Applications are also accepted by mail. Clients may call the HEAP Application Request Line at 858-1969 for an application packet. Applications will be mailed beginning May 2, 2016. 

For more information:

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