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June 11, 2012
Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287
DHHS Helps Nebraskans Cool Down with Fans, Bill Payment Assistance
Lincoln – Facing the hot days of summer, fans and assistance in paying summer cooling bills are available to those who meet the qualifications for the two Department of Health and Human Services programs, according to Thomas Pristow, director of Children and Family Services.  
DHHS has partnered with 43 organizations in 33 Nebraska communities to distribute fans to citizens. The recipients of the fans are determined by the organizations that distribute them, Pristow said.
Persons seeking a fan should call the telephone number of the organization nearest them for more information, he said. (Note to editor:  See the list below for offices in your area.)
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.
“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.”
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, 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. The limit of a household’s financial resources to qualify for the cooling program is $5,000, and the annual income limits are:
​Household Size ​Income Limit
1 ​$12,639
​2 ​$17,066
​3 ​$21,506
​4 ​$25,933
​5 ​$30,360
​6 ​$34,800
​7 ​$39,377
​8 ​$43,653
​9 ​$48,094
​10 ​$52,520
​Each Additional Member ​$4,413
Additional information can be found at:
​Community Agency​ ​Address ​Phone No.
​Ainsworth ​Central Nebraska Community Services ​119 N. Main St. ​402-387-1035
​Albion ​Boone County Health Center ​723 W. Fairview ​402-395-5165
​Auburn  ​Southeast Nebraska Community Action ​905 Central Ave. ​402-272-4160
​Beatrice  ​Salvation Army ​624 Market St. ​402-223-3341
​Broken Bow ​Central Nebraska Community Services ​924 E. SE St. ​308-872-6013
​Clay Center  ​Clay Center Food Pantry ​1051 Road 312 ​402-469-1809
​Columbus ​Central Nebraska Community Services ​3262 53rd Ave. ​402-564-1124
​Crete   ​Blue Valley Community Action ​235 E. 9th St., Ste 1 ​402-826-2376
​Fairbury &
​Blue Valley Community Action ​620 5th St., Fairbury ​402-729-5568
​Falls City ​Falls City Southeast Nebraska Community   ​Courthouse, 1700 Stone St. ​402-245-5284
​Fremont ​Salvation Army ​701 N. I St. ​402-721-0930
​Geneva   ​Blue Valley Community Action ​130 S. 8th St. ​402-759-3564
​Gering  ​Carpenter Center ​116 Terry Blvd. ​308-635-8422
​Grand Island   ​Salvation Army ​818 W. 3rd St. ​308-382-4822
​Hastings  ​Salvation Army ​400 S. Burlington Ave. ​402-463-0529
​Hastings  ​Catholic Social Services ​325 W. 2nd St. ​402-463-2112
​Holdrege ​Salvation Army/North Park Assembly Church ​P. O. Box 178 ​308-995-2261
​Holdrege  ​Christian Charity Funds ​1419 East Ave., Delores ​308-995-2208
​Kearney ​Salvation Army ​1719 Central Ave. ​308-234-9998
​Lexington  ​Goodwill ​2401 Plum Creek Parkway ​308-324-7277
​Lincoln   ​Center for People in Need ​3901 N. 29th St. ​402-476-4357
​Lincoln  ​Catholic Social Services ​2241 O St. ​402-474-1600
​Lincoln ​Indian Center ​1100 Military Road ​402-438-5231
​Lincoln   ​Community Action Program ​210 O St. ​402-471-4515
​Lincoln ​Salvation Army ​2625 Potter St. ​402-474-6263
​Lincoln  ​Asian Community and Cultural Center ​2615 O St. ​402-477-3446
​McCook ​Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska ​108 W. C St. ​308-345-1187
​Nebraska City   ​Southeast Nebraska Community Action ​917 Wildwood Lane ​402-874-9060
​North Platte  ​Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska ​900 East 10th St. ​308-865-5675
​Norfolk ​Salvation Army ​112 N. 7th St. ​402-379-4663
​Omaha ​Eastern Nebraska Community Action Program ​2406 Fowler St. ​402-453-5656
​Omaha  ​Heart Ministry Center ​2222 Binney St. ​402-451-2321
​Omaha  ​Salvation Army ​3612 Cuming St. ​402-898-5900
​Omaha ​ Together, Inc. ​1616 Cass St. ​402-345-8047
​Omaha  ​Open Door Mission ​2828 N. 23rd St. East ​402-422-1111
​O’Neill   ​Central Nebraska Community Services ​202 S. 10th St. ​402-336-4298
​Ord  ​Central Nebraska Community Services ​P. O. Box 509, Loup City ​308-745-0780
​Plattsmouth ​Southeast Nebraska Community Action ​172 S. 4th St. ​402-296-4477
​Tecumseh ​Southeast Nebraska Community Action ​702 Main St. ​402-335-2134
​Tekamah ​Chatt Center ​1124 S. 19th St. ​402-374-2570
​Wilber ​Saline Elder Care ​109 W. 3rd St. ​402-821-3330
​Wisner ​Goldenrod Hills ​1119 Avenue E ​402-529-3513
​York ​Blue Valley Community Action ​3401 N. Lincoln ​402-362-3516