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June 23, 2009

Marian DeBuhr, Department of Health and Human Services, (402) 223-6016
Jackie Shewey, Department of Health and Human Services, (402) 826-2196
Jeanne Atkinson, Communications and Legislative Services, (402) 471-8287


DHHS Provides Fans to Help Nebraskans Cool Down

Lincoln – Fans are now available to low-income, aged or disabled people and families. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) purchased the fans.

They can be picked up at the following locations:

• Crete: Blue Valley Community Action, 245 E. 9 th, Suite 1
• Wilber: Saline Elder Care, 109 W. 3 rd

In addition to the fan distribution program, there is help for low income individuals and families through the cooling program. To be eligible for the cooling program, someone in the household must be age 70 or older or have some specific medical conditions that make that person susceptible to heat. Applications can be requested by calling DHHS at 1-800-554-9123 or 223-6000.

The household resource limit for the cooling program is $5,000 and annual income limits are: household size 1, $ 13,005; HH size 2, $17,505 HH size 3, $22,005; HH size 4, $26,505; HH size 5, $31,005; HH size 6, $35,505; HH size 7, $40,005; HH size 8, $44,505; HH size 9, $49,005; HH size 10, $55,505; + $4,500 for each additional member.

For more information on the Low Income Energy Assistance Program, go to the DHHS website: and search for “energy assistance.”