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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 23, 2010

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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 in several communities in southeast Nebraska. The Low Income Energy Assistance Program in the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) purchased the fans.

“Getting a fan is a small thing, but it can make such a difference in someone’s life,” said Jeff Schmidt, Southeast Service Area Administrator with DHHS.

DHHS partners with local organizations to help get the fans to the people who need them and is getting positive feedback on the value of the program.

Curt Krueger with Catholic Social Services in Lincoln said, “I can’t thank DHHS enough for again allowing us to participate in this program. The people we have given fans to in the past are so very appreciative. I’m only sorry that you don’t get to experience the fun of giving the fans away personally. This is a fantastic program and I hope it continues in the future.”

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 online at http://www.ACCESSNebraska.ne.gov or by calling any local DHHS office.

The household (HH) resource limit for the cooling program is $5,000 and annual income limits are: household size 1, $13,545; HH size 2, $18,225; HH size 3, $22,890; HH size 4, $27,570; HH size 5, $32,250; HH size 6, $36,915; HH size 7, $41,595; HH size 8, $46,275; HH size 9, $50,940; HH size 10, $55,620; + $4,680 for each additional member.

For more information, go to http://www.dhhs.ne.gov/children_family_services/Pages/fia_energy.aspx

Fans are distributed through the following agencies:

Town

Agency

Location

Phone

Auburn

Southeast Nebraska Community Action

822 Central Avenue

274-4666

Beatrice

Salvation Army

624 Market Street

223-3341

Crete

Blue Valley CA

245 E. 9th Street

826-2376

David City

Blue Valley CA

416 “E” Street

367-4347

Fairbury

Blue Valley CA

620 5th Street

729-5568

Falls City

Southeast NE CA

Fall City Courthouse

245-5284

Geneva

Blue Valley CA

130 S. 8th Street

759-3564

Hebron

Blue Valley CA

135 N. 4th Street

768-6704

Lincoln *

Catholic Social Services

474-1600

Center for People in Need

467-4357

Community Action Partnership

471-4515

Good Neighbor Center

477-4173

Indian Center

438-5231

Salvation Army

474-6263

Nebraska City

Southeast NE CA

917 Wildwood Lane

873-6671

Pawnee City

Southeast NE CA

549 F Street

852-2208

Plattsmouth

Southeast NE CA

702 Main Street

296-4477

Seward *

Blue Valley CA

643-6425

Tecumseh

Southeast NE CA

172 S. 4th Street

335-2134

Wahoo

Lincoln Action Program

210 “O” Street

471-4515

Wilber

Saline Eldercare

109 W. 3rd Street

821-3330

York

Blue Valley CA

3401 N. Lincoln Ave.

362-3516

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*Note: Individuals in these locations should call the number listed for information on getting a fan.