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Mayor Greg Fischer Newsroom

Mayor Adds Funding to Nearly Depleted Heat Relief Program

Monday June 21, 2010

Calls on citizens, businesses, other officials to help meet high demand

Mayor Jerry Abramson today committed $5,000 from his contingency fund to help shore up the nearly depleted Summer Heat Relief Program, a Louisville Metro Community Action Partnership fund that provides new air conditioners or fans to qualifying individuals and families in Louisville during summer months.

With warm weather arriving earlier this season and heat and humidity levels reaching dangerous levels, the need for air conditioners and fans is far outpacing supplies. LMCAP has already issued 80 AC units and 100 fans, nearly the same number distributed in total last year. In the past two working days, LMCAP received more than 180 calls about the program.

“This heat wave is posing a threat to citizens, especially those at greatest risk such as young children and the elderly,” Abramson said. “It is vital we continue to provide cooling resources through this program to protect the health of our citizens.”

Households who may be at risk of chronic health conditions or contain family members under the age of six, or over the age of 60 may apply to receive an air conditioner. Households that are not eligible to receive an air conditioner may be eligible to receive a fan. Applicants must meet program income guidelines. Applicants who have received an air conditioner within the past five years or a fan within the past three are not eligible.

Abramson is calling on citizens, businesses and other officials to help meet the need of the Summer Heat Relief Program. LMCAP will accept donations of new window air conditioners or boxed fans, unopened and still in their original, unopened packaging.

Units can be dropped off at:

810 Barret Avenue, Room 127

Louisville, KY 40204

Monetary donations will also be accepted and will be applied directly to the heat relief fund. Checks should be made payable to CAP’s Summer Heat Relief. They can be mailed to the address above.

LMCAP is still accepting completed applications from 1 to 4 p.m. every Tuesday and Thursday in Room 127, 810 Barret Avenue.

About Summer Heat Relief funding:

This project is federally funded, in part, by the Community Services Block Grant Act (CSBG) from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, under a contract with the Kentucky Cabinet for Health and Family Services.

For more information, call 574-1157 or visit: