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Genesee County residents who need an air conditioner for health reasons will now receive some help through the state's Cooling Assistance Program.

New York is setting aside $3 million to provide people who have a medical condition that makes heat dangerous an air conditioner free of charge.

“The directive is for state-wide funding and it’s benefits that do not exceed $800 per household including the cost of the air conditioner, administrative costs, labor, program support or materials, removal of the old unit and things like that," Mark Castiglione, Director of Financial Services for the Department of Social Services in Genesee County, said.

Castiglione says there’s a short application that can filed with the Department of Social Services. He says applicants have to meet certain income requirements and most have received a benefit in the last year, but there are more restrictions to consider.

“Some households do receive a HEAP benefit that helps their food stamp case. Those types of households are not eligible for the program," Castiglione said.

Air conditioners will be provided on a first-come, first-served basis, so contact the county social services department for more information.

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