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For Immediate Release
June 16, 2016

Contact Russ Reno, Communications and Legislative Services, (office) 402-471-8287 or (cell) 402-450-7318, or

DHHS Helps Nebraskans Cool Down
with Fans, Bill Payment Assistance

Lincoln—Fifty-nine organizations in 20 Nebraska counties have partnered with the Department of Health and Human Services to distribute fans to needy citizens to better cope with the summer’s heat. DHHS also provides assistance to help with cooling costs during high outdoor temperatures.

Recipients of the fans are determined by the organizations that distribute them.

Persons seeking a fan should call the telephone number of the organization nearest them for more information. (Editor’s Note: A link to the list of local organizations distributing fans is at the end of the release.)

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.

Funds also are available through the DHHS cooling program to assist low-income individuals and families with bill payments. Applications can be requested on the ACCESSNebraska website at, or by calling ACCESSNebraska, or visiting a local DHHS office.

To be eligible for the cooling program, a person 70 years of age or older, or receiving ADC and have a child five years of age or younger,  or a person who is more susceptible to heat because of their medical condition, must live in the household. The annual income limits are: 
                            SIZE OF                                                    ANNUAL
                        HOUSEHOLD                                               INCOME
                                1                                                         $15,301
                                2                                                         $20,709
                                3                                                         $26,117
                                4                                                         $31,525
                                5                                                         $36,933
                                6                                                         $42,341
                                7                                                         $47,749
                                8                                                         $53,157
For each additional household member, add $5,408. More information can be found at:
Click here for list of fan distribution sites.