2011-07-29 / Community

Community Environmental Center Offers AC

By Daniel Solomon

This summer, the nation has been gripped by a massive heat wave, and New York has not been spared. Recently, the city recorded its secondhottest day on record as the mercury shot up to 104 degrees, creating a scorching clime that has prompted the local government to open up cooling centers in all five boroughs.

Cooling centers, of course, are no substitute for an air conditioner at home and there have been 33 heat-related fatalities nationwide to date, most of which were among the poor, disabled, elderly, young and ill. Now, in Rockaway, the Community Environmental Center is reaching out to those vulnerable populations to offer free air conditioners to people who meet certain criteria.

To be eligible to receive the free AC and have it installed gratis, a person must be low-income, prove that he has a medical need, obtain permission from his landlord, and not already have a working air conditioner in his or her apartment or house. The program, which is paid for by the state’s Homes and Community Renewal Agency, will run through September or until funds run out.

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