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ND Officials Help Most Vulnerable Beat the Heat

Low-income North Dakotans, and those with certain medical conditions, can now apply for help paying for air conditioner repairs and other cooling devices. (iStockphoto)
Low-income North Dakotans, and those with certain medical conditions, can now apply for help paying for air conditioner repairs and other cooling devices. (iStockphoto)
July 11, 2016

BISMARCK, N.D. – It's the dog days of summer, and North Dakota officials say help is available for low-income families, older folks and those with medical needs who need help staying cool.

With hot temperatures and high humidity levels hitting the state in the next few weeks, the North Dakota Department of Human Services says funds are available to help the people at risk avoid heat related illnesses.

Carol Cartledge, director of the economic assistance division of the North Dakota Department of Human Services, says people who qualify can get help installing new air conditioning units or repairing an old one.

"If someone has asthma, the extreme heat along with the high humidity, it's very difficult for them to breathe,” she points out. “So, if they have a cooling device, it will alleviate the condition itself and it may prevent them from actually becoming hospitalized. "

Anyone over age 60 is eligible, but younger people will have to show a doctor's note confirming that they have a medical condition.

People can get up to $800 to help with their cooling needs, but there are some income limits.

"They do have to meet our eligibility requirements,” Cartledge explains. “So, for example, a household of three with earnings of $44,717 per year may qualify."

Last year, the state's cooling assistance program helped about 200 households get access to cooling devices.

Cartledge says anyone interested should contact a local county social service office to apply.


Brandon Campbell, Public News Service - ND