Because this past weekend was so warm, New York state gave air conditioners to low income families through the LIHEAP program.? Politicians in Albany and DC believe that giving away the ACs was a necessary safety measure for anyone with preexisting health problems.? Senator Chuck Schumer said that the program was essential for New York’s aging community, too: “As this heat wave moves across New York, it’s absolutely essential that seniors aren’t put at risk because they can’t afford to keep their homes cool.”? LIHEAP will cost $3 million to administer.

To read more about who is eligible for LIHEAP, click here.