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June 18, 2014
Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (o) 402-471-8287,
(c) 402-450-7318
DHHS Helps Nebraskans Cool Down with Fans, Bill Payment Assistance
Lincoln – Nebraskans with little cooling this summer can be helped with their bills or the availability of fans if they meet the qualifications for two Department of Health and Human Services programs, according to Thomas Pristow, director of Children and Family Services.  
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.
Anyone 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 (in Lincoln, call 402-323-3900; in Omaha, call 402-595-1258), 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                                $13,328
        2                                $17,992
        3                                $22,655
        4                                $27,318
        5                                $31,981
        6                                $36,644
        7                                $41,308
        8                                $45,971
        9                                $50,634
       10                               $55,297
Each Additional Member $4,663
Additional information can be found at:
Local Contacts
Albion: Boone County Health Center, 723 W. Fairview, 402-395-5165
Alliance: Northwest Community Action Partnership, 1028 E. 3rd St., 308-762-4523
Auburn: Southeast Nebraska Community Action, 1908 O St., 402-274-4666
Beatrice: Salvation Army, 624 Market St., 402-223-3341
Bellevue: Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, 1908 Hancock, 402-292-2961
Broken Bow: Central Nebraska Community Services, 924 E SE St., 308-872-6013
Central City: Central Nebraska Community Services, 715 16th St., 308-946-3794
Clay Center: Clay Center Food Pantry, 204 W. Fairfield, 402-462-1817
Creighton: Northeast Nebraska Community Action, 808 Chase Ave., 402-358-5297
Crete: Blue Valley Community Action, 245 E. 9th St., Suite 1, 402-826-2376
Crete: Crete Public Health, 995 E. Highway 33, Suite 1, 402-826-6694
David City: Blue Valley Community Action, 416 E St., 402-367-4347
Falls City: Southeast Nebraska Community Action Courthouse, 1700 Stone St., 402-245-5284
Franklin: Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska, 631 15th Ave., 308-425-3726
Fremont: Low Income Ministry, 549 N. H St., 402-727-6884
Fremont: Northeast Nebraska Community Action, 605 N. Broad St., 402-721-0619
Fremont: Salvation Army, 701 N. I St.,  402-721-0930
Geneva: Blue Valley Community Action, 130 S. 8th St., 402-759-3564
Geneva: Easter Seals Nebraska, 918 N. 13th St., 402-462-3031
Gering: Carpenter Center, 116 Terry Blvd., 308-635-8422
Grand Island: Central Nebraska Community Services, 2525 W. Lincoln Hwy, 308-385-5500
Grand Island: Salvation Army, 818 W. 3rd St., 308-381-7628
Hastings: Catholic Social Services, 515 W. 3rd St., 402-463-2112
Hastings: Salvation Army, 400 S. Burlington Ave., 402-463-0529
Holdrege: Christian Charity Funds, 1419 East Ave., 308-995-2208
Holdrege: Salvation Army/North Park Assembly Church, 110 14th Ave., 308-995-2261
Kearney: Salvation Army, 1719 Central Ave., 308-234-9998
Lincoln: Asian Community and Cultural Center, 2615 O St., 402-477-3446
Lincoln: Catholic Social Services, 2241 O St., 402-474-1600
Lincoln: Center for People in Need, 3901 N. 27th St., Unit #1, 402-476-4357 104
Lincoln: Community Action Program, 210 O St., 402-471-4515 149
Lincoln: Easter Seals Nebraska, 8055 O St., Suite 110, 402-462-3031
Lincoln: El Centro de las Americas, 2032 U St., 402-474-3950
Lincoln: Good Neighbor Center, 2617 Y St., 402-477-4173
Lincoln: Indian Center, 1100 Military Road, 402-438-5231
Lincoln: Salvation Army, 2625 Potter St., 402-474-6263
Loup City: Central Nebraska Community Services, 617 O St., 308-745-0780
McCook: Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska, 108 West C St., 308-345-1187
Nebraska City: Nebraska City Center for Children and Families, 917 Wildwood Lane, 402-873-6502
Nebraska City: Southeast Nebraska Community Action, 917 Wildwood Lane, Suite C, 402-873-6459
Norfolk: Northeast Nebraska Community Action, 1405 Riverside Blvd., 402-371-0377
Norfolk: Salvation Army, 112 N. 7th St., 402-379-4663
North Platte: Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska, 901 E. 10th St., 308-532-3250
Omaha: Eastern Nebraska Office on Aging, 4223 Center St., 402-444-6536
Omaha: Holy Family Church, 1715 Izard St., 402-341-6561
Omaha: Open Door Mission, 2706 N. 21st St. E, 402-422-1111
Omaha: Salvation Army, 3612 Cuming St., 402-898-5900
O’Neill: Central Nebraska Community Services, 202 S. 10th St., 402-336-4298
Pawnee City: Southeast Nebraska Community Action, 549 F St., 402-852-2208
Pender: Northeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership, 603 Earl St., 402-385-6300/or 877-529-2207
Plattsmouth: Southeast Nebraska Community Action, 702 Main St., 402-297-7418
Seward: Blue Valley Community Action, 105 S. 6th St., 402-643-6425
South Sioux City: Northeast Nebraska Community Action, 2120 Dakota Ave., Suite A, 402-494-8312
Superior: Community Action Partnership of Mid-Nebraska, 410 N. Central, 402-879-3715
Tecumseh: Southeast Nebraska Community Action, 172 S. 4th St., 402-335-2134
Tekamah: Chatt Senior Center, 1124 S. 13th St., 402-374-2570
Wilber: Saline Elder Care, 109 W. 3rd St., 402-821-3330
York: Blue Valley Community Action, 3401 N. Lincoln Ave., 402-362-3516