State Cooling Programs

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State
Alabama
Program Dates
June 1 - September 30
Eligibility / Priority
125% FPG. Eligibility priority given to seniors, disabled and young children.
Application / Intake
Early application and special times for the elderly vary by administering agency. Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for elderly and disabled.
Benefits
$70 minimum, $160 maximum
Other
Also have crisis cooling program and medical requirements are waived for the elderly.

State Arizona
Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility / Priority 150% FPG - seniors, disabled and children under 6 are given additional points for eligibility.
Application / Intake Applications taken at CAAs; no early applications.
Benefits $50 minimum, $400 maximum
Other CAAs market the program regularly.

State Arkansas
Program Dates No regular cooling program; a cooling program is implemented when or if additional funds are received during the early part of summer. In some cases, a summer cooling program was implemented when very high temperatures were forecast for the summer and sufficient funds remained.
Eligibility / Priority 125% FPG. Higher maximum assets for elderly.
Application / Intake Applications are accepted during the beginning of August, if a summer program is implemented. Provide intake services through home visits or by telephone for elderly and disabled.
Benefits $300 maximum
Other A Crisis Fan Assistance Program may be implemented if additional funds are received. Households with one or more members with a medical condition which makes them vulnerable to health hazards from high temperatures may receive an air conditioner if they are distributed as a result of the release of LIHEAP emergency contingency funds.

State California
Program Dates Year-round. LIHEAP operates on a calendar year and doesn't distinguish between heating and cooling. Services that meet heating and cooling needs are combined and available throughout the year.
Eligibility / Priority 60% SMI. Each LIHEAP local service provider develops a prioritization of services plan and may target households by energy burden, vulnerable populations, etc. Most plans provide additional consideration to seniors.
Application / Intake Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for elderly and disabled.
Benefits The energy burden and energy need in addition to vulnerable populations are used to determine who receives a payment.
Other LIHEAP service providers conduct direct marketing and outreach activities to reach senior populations, including on-site intake with senior housing complexes; targeted mailings to seniors; and coordination with local community agencies serving the senior population.

State Delaware
Program Dates June 1 - August 31
Eligibility / Priority 200% FPG. Priority is given to seniors and disabled. Help with electric bills is by income only. A household with a senior or disabled member can receive an AC, other households must submit a doctor's note stating that an AC is medically beneficial.
Application / Intake Mail-in applications for physically infirm who were certified eligible in prior years. One application for fuel assistance, conservation, weatherization, furnace repair, crisis intervention and summer cooling and client may be referred to other programs such as Food Stamps, housing, rent, clothing etc. Intake for physically infirm through home visits and by telephone.
Benefits $150 minimum, $500 maximum. Flat benefit amount unless requesting an air conditioner.
Other  

State Florida
Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility / Priority 150% FPG. Senior priority is a local agency decision. Some have early applications, first of the month applications, or priority appointment times.
Application / Intake Applications are accepted typically anytime funds are available, year round, but this is a local decision.
Benefits $50 minimum, $150 maximum. Customers are eligible for a once-a-year home energy payment and two crisis payments (one during the heating season October - March and one during the cooling season April 1 - September 30). Grantees provide fans or distribute vouchers for purchase of fans.
Other The Emergency Home Energy Assistance for the Elderly program is available for financially eligible people, 60 years of age and older. A recipient may receive financial assistance twice a year - once during the heating season and again during the cooling season.

State Illinois
Program Dates July 21 - August 15
Eligibility / Priority 150% FPG, households with an elderly member, young child, or member with a medical condition are targeted.
Application / Intake Don't need to reapply if already approved for LIHEAP
Benefits $150, $250 for service reconnection
Other  

State Indiana
Program Dates June 1 - September 30
Eligibility / Priority 125% FPG. A household may be eligible for an air conditioning unit if it is medically necessary.
Application / Intake Applications accepted on June 1; no early applications.
Benefits Income eligible households with at least one senior, or disabled member, or a child under 6 may have the choice of 2 box fans or $50 payment to electric utility. Other eligible households only receive the maximum of 2 box fans.
Other  

State Kansas
Program Dates No separate cooling program. The LIEAP annual program operates January through March.
Eligibility / Priority 130% FPG
Application / Intake Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for elderly and disabled.
Benefits LIEAP recipients can choose to have their benefit split between the heating and cooling vendor when applying.
Other  

State Louisiana
Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility / Priority 150% FPG. Eligibility priority for households with elderly, disabled, or young children.
Application / Intake Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for elderly and disabled.
Benefits $250 minimum, $430 maximum. Households with a senior 60 or older receive an additional $10.
Other Summer Emergency Program - the Assistant Secretary may declare an emergency and purchase fans for LIHEAP- eligible households with a senior, disabled or young child.

State Mississippi
Program Dates May 1 - September 30
Eligibility / Priority 150% FPG. Eligibility priority is given to seniors.
Application / Intake Recertification forms are mailed to seniors and disabled to facilitate the application process.
Benefits The level of cash amount awarded to eligible households depends on the applicant's bill amount, the result of case management analysis and degree of participation on the established case plan.
Other Fans, air conditioners, cooling systems and other cooling, energy-related services may be provided depending on needs, case management result and client complying fully with the established case plan.

State Nebraska
Program Dates June 1 - September 30. A year-round crisis program can help with a cooling payment either before or after the program dates.
Eligibility / Priority 116% FPG. A medical need for cooling must be documented. Any household that is identified with a member age 70 or older will appear on the automatic payment listing. These payments will be processed with the first cooling payment that will be created June 1.
Application / Intake Applications can be accepted at any time, but cannot be processed prior to June 1.
Benefits $34 minimum, $180 maximum. Benefits for multi-family dwellings are $17 minimum and $90 maximum.
Other Households that have a member age 70 or older are also eligible for an air conditioner if one has not been purchased for that household in the past 5 years.

State Nevada
Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility / Priority 150 % FPG.
Application / Intake Prior year clients who are senior, disabled or SSI or TANF recipients receive notice first and have the opportunity to apply first for new programs.
Benefits Maximum benefits: $700 for 75% of poverty, $550 for 100% of poverty, $400 for 125% of poverty, and $250 for 150% of poverty. Residents in master metered complexes or other properties where all utilities are in the landlord's name receive a benefit of $350.
Other Any eligible household, statewide, may request to have their benefit a) distributed entirely to their heating provider, or b) distributed entirely to their electric (cooling) provider, or c) split so half goes to their heating provider and half goes to their cooling provider.

State New Jersey
Program Dates November 1 - February 28
Eligibility / Priority 175% FPG. Eligibility priority given to seniors. Must have evidence of health endangerment signed by a licensed medical practitioner to receive cooling benefit.
Application / Intake Apply for heating and cooling at the same time with the same application. Households with a senior or disabled member may apply by mail. Provide intake service through home visits for the physically infirm.
Benefits Flat benefit of $100 where there is medical evidence that the health of at least 1 household member is seriously endangered.
Other  

State New Mexico
Program Dates No formal cooling program, once-a-year benefit can be used for cooling.
Eligibility / Priority 150% FPG
Application / Intake Early application period in September. No applications are processed or companies contacted until October 1. The State Agency on Aging received funding for outreach for FFY02.  No special component for seniors.
Benefits $40 minimum, $240 maximum
Other May be eligible for cooling crisis if household: received a shutoff notice; has at least one household member who is 60 years or older, disabled or child under 5; and has paid utility bill 2 out of the 3 past months.

State North Carolina
Program Dates Cooling benefits are part of year-round crisis program.
Eligibility / Priority 150% FPG
Application / Intake  
Benefits $600 maximum
Other  

State South Carolina
Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility / Priority 150% FPG. Eligibility priority given to households with a senior or disabled member or child under 5 years.
Application / Intake Early application for seniors and disabled. Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for the physically infirm (i.e. elderly or handicapped).
Benefits $110 minimum, $300 maximum. Add $20 for households with an energy burden (20% or more of income is spent on energy); $50 for seniors; $50 for disabled; $50 for households with incomes 100% or less FPG and $20 for households with at least one member 5 years old or younger.
Other Crisis cooling: applicants that can provide a medical statement from a Health Care `Professional/Provider for a health-related condition and or a permanent disability that requires an air-conditioned environment, may receive an air conditioner designed for a single-room and a maximum of 6,000 BTUs. Also, elderly applicants are eligible to receive one single-room air conditioner with a maximum of 6,000 BTUs.

State Tennessee
Program Dates May 1 - June 28
Eligibility / Priority 150% FPG. Medical statement for need is required, unless household has an elderly, disabled or infant (under 12 months) member. Priority in assistance is based on a 24 point system, households with elderly, disabled or infant receive 6 points.
Application / Intake Provide intake service through home visits or by telephone for elderly and disabled.
Benefits $325 maximum
Other Air conditioners and fans are provided to eligible households that did not receive them in the past. Eligible households prohibited from receiving ACs or fans will receive a payment for electric accounts.

State Texas
Program Dates Year-round
Eligibility / Priority 125% FPG. Priority shall be given to eligible households: 1) containing one or more persons age 60 or above, an individual with disability, or children under the age of six (Priority is demonstrated via special documented outreach efforts to these populations); 2) with high energy cost burden; and 3) that have been on the weatherization waiting list for two years or more and with the highest energy burdens.
Application / Intake Elderly and Disabled Assistance Component: assistance targeted to households unable to achieve full energy self-sufficiency through other means. Provide referrals to medical and nutrition programs.
Benefits $1,000 maximum for 0 - 50% FPG; $900 for >50 - 75% FPG and $800 for >75 - 125% FPG. $3,000 maximum for heating or cooling system repair/replace/retrofit.
Other Distribution of funds to subgrantees: elderly are given priority by giving greater weight to this population in allocation formula. CEAP clients who receive co-pay, who are senior or disabled, or receive crisis assistance during the year may be eligible for replacement or repair of cooling system.

State Virginia
Program Dates June 15 - August 15
Eligibility / Priority 130% FPG. Household must have one member 60 years or over, disabled or child under 6.
Application / Intake Provide intake services through home visits or telephone for physically infirm seniors and disabled. Early application period for the elderly and disabled. Cooling is administered through local non-profits in coordination with other social service organizations such as area agencies on aging.
Benefits $1,300 maximum. Benefit determination: 20 points given for vulnerability.
Other $100,000 is set aside to be used for cooling by the Virginia Dept for Aging whose program serves the elderly exclusively.

Page last updated: September 9, 2013