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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • DHHS offering assistance to beat the heat

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  • LINCOLN – Nebraskans with little cooling this summer could be eligible for financial assistance or receive free fans through two Department of Health and Human Services programs.
    Thomas Pristow, director of Children and Family Services, says   DHHS has partnered with 58 organizations in 39 Nebraska communities to distribute fans to citizens.
    The recipients of the fans are determined by the organizations that distribute them, Pristow said.
    “We expect hundreds of fans will be provided across the state to help individuals and families who are most likely to be affected by the hot weather,” Pristow said. “This is just one of many programs at DHHS that help people live better lives.”
    Anyone seeking a fan should call Nebraska City Center for Children and Families,  402-873-6502 or Southeast Nebraska Community Action, 402-873-6459.
    The fans were purchased with funds from the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families, and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services administers the funds, he said.
    Funds also are available through the DHHS cooling program to assist low-income individuals and families with bill payments, Pristow said.
    Applications can be requested online at http://www.ACCESSNebraska.ne.gov, or by calling 1-800-383-4278 or any local DHHS office, he said.
    To be eligible for funds, a person 70 years of age or older, or a person who is more susceptible to heat because of their medical condition, must live in the household.
    Additional information can be found at: http://dhhs.ne.gov/EnergyAssistance.

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