The Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is offering two programs designed to keep people cool and safe.
The first is a fan giveaway in partnership with 59 organizations in 20 counties.
Karma Stockwell, DHHS program manager, says something as simple as a fan can do a lot to improve living conditions.
“If you have an air conditioner in just one room, you can put the fan in that room and it can kind of circulate the cool air throughout the house,” Stockwell tells Nebraska Radio Network. “If you don’t have a fan or a ceiling fan, it doesn’t circulate the air as much.”
A list of organizations distributing fans is HERE.
Another program helps Nebraskans cover the cost of cooling their homes over the summer months.
The state has approximately $7.5 million from the federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).
“The cooling program is available to those clients who are over the age of 70 or are receiving Aid to Dependent Children and have a child age five or under,” Stockwell says. “Also to qualify for cooling, you can have a medical necessity.”
The annual income limits are:
Size of household Annual income
For each additional household member, add $5,408.
More information on the financial assistance is HERE.