Just when you thought you’d heard it all the government starts handing out free air conditioners to the poor.
Rhoda Lee of Lorain, a board member of the Lorain County Community Action Agency, turns on an air conditioner Wednesday that was purchased recently by the agency through a voucher program. (CT photo by Steve Manheim.)
Free food – Free housing – Free energy assistance – Free cellphones – Free cash – Free AC’s
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Thanks to a mild winter, vouchers for up to 700 free air conditioners may be available to low- and moderate-income families through the Lorain County Community Action Agency, according to interim President and CEO Jackie Boehnlein.
“It is exciting,” said Boehnlein about HEAP — the Home Energy Assistance Program’s Summer Crisis Program — which is funded by federal taxpayer dollars.
The agency already has distributed vouchers worth $250 to 325 families, she said.
It has 25 vouchers remaining and has applied for permission to distribute 350 more vouchers, she said.
The winter was so mild that leftover money from the heating assistance program was allocated to the cooling program, she said.
The vouchers are good for a $159 LG brand air conditioner from Home Depot and assistance paying electrical bills, Boehnlein said.
For the first time, those with disconnection notices are eligible, she said.
This year, LCCAA received $671,000 in funding for assistance with electric utility bills and air conditioners, she said.
That compares with $155,000 for 2011 summer season when the agency distributed 200 of the vouchers, she said.
Applicants are eligible if their household incomes are at or below 200 percent of the 2012-13 federal poverty guidelines and if they are seniors, have a disconnection notice or a documented medical condition such as asthma or lung disease.
A family of four making up to $46,100 qualifies for the program.
Of course, Media Matters believes AC’s, phones, food… everything should be free and you should have pay for it.
But please don’t call them socialists.