Several different organizations that help people in need are working together to give free fans and air conditioners to people in the Hamilton County community who are at risk during hot weather. Some people may be able to get help with money. The program needs a lot of help from donations, volunteers and fundraising from the community. Only a small number of people will receive help because there are so few fan units available.
Most of the help is offered through the Summer Cooling Program. This phrase is often used to describe the feeling of relief one experiences when they are no longer in a hot environment. This typically happens every year when summer temperatures and humidity start to increase.
The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency is a highly respected non-profit organization. They collaborate with other organizations like the St. Vincent de Paul, WCPO, Huntington Bank, Stor-All, Coney Island and Tedia Company. Other local businesses and community members may also help. Please donate if you are able to.
The Summer Fan and Air Conditioner Drive is a campaign to help elderly or sick people who cannot afford air conditioning. You can donate money to the organizations. For as little as $15, you can donate a fan to a family, and for $100, you can donate an air conditioner. You can donate a fan or air conditioner at any Tedia Company, St. Vincent de Paul Outreach Center or Thrift Store, Stor-All Self Storage locations or at Coney Island. The free fan program was created to provide relief to people who are struggling with heat-related health problems, especially senior citizens.
Additional money may be given as well. If you are a low-income family struggling to pay your summer energy and air conditioning bills, you may be eligible for financial assistance through your local community action agency’s Summer Cooling Program (SCP). In addition to the cash grants, a limited number of eligible families will also be able to receive free fans and air conditioners at no cost.
There is an even greater need for the assistance program this summer because the economy is weak and energy costs are rising. There are programs and resources available to help those most vulnerable to the extreme summer heat in Ohio. The SCP cooling program helps low-income families with the cost of cooling their homes during the summer. The program is part of the federal government’s Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP). This means that the federal government provides money for this program and the Ohio Department of Development oversees it throughout the state.
There are a few things that need to happen in order for something to occur. In order to qualify for this assistance, families must reside in Hamilton County, Ohio and have a very low income. Additionally, the household must have at least one member who is 60 years old or older. The program can help those who have a doctor’s note stating that they need the medical service. Even if a household member who is under the age of 60 may qualify, they may not be eligible if they have a medical condition.
To make an appointment, you can call the office or check to see if they accept walk-ins. Those who are homebound or elderly in Cincinnati may be able to get a home visit. They can receive assistance in finishing an application, or have an AC unit delivered and installed in their home.
For information on fans, air conditioners, or other financial assistance, contact the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency at 569-1850. The non-profit has a lot of information about other resources.