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Free fans, cooling assistance programs available to some Nebraskans

Posted at 1:37 PM, Jun 19, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-19 14:37:09-04

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Summer will be here in a matter of days--and with that comes rising temperatures.

The Nebraska Department of Health & Human Services (DHHS) is distributing free fans again this year and offering some Nebraskans cooling assistance through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).

DHHS has partnered with 28 organizations in 42 counties in the state to distribute fans purchased by federal funds, a press release from DHHS says. Last year, organizations distributed 3,321 fans across Nebraska.

Fan distribution locations can be found here. Eligibility is determined by organizations that hand out the fans.

DHHS also offers programs to help those who struggle to keep cool during summer.

Below is a list of programs Nebraskans can be eligible for, DHHS says:
The Cooling Assistance Program provides bill payment aid, the Crisis Program assists with emergency energy payments, Deposit Assistance helps with energy deposits and reconnections, the Window Air Conditioning Unit Assistance program pays for window air conditioners and the Repair/Replacement Program benefits homeowners who need central air system repairs.

For more information on LIHEAP programs, visit this website.