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Help in the Heat


WhenValley temperatures go up, so does wear and tear on evaporative coolers and home air conditioning units. For groups at high risk for heat-related illness, including the elderly and small children, it is critical that these units operate properly.

Thanks to federal Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, the city of Glendale can provide emergency repair assistance to qualified, low-income families and the elderly who are Glendale residents. While the Emergency Home Repair Program covers a variety of needs, some of the most requested and critical calls come in the summer for repairs to existing home cooling units.

The city’s Emergency Home Repair Program utilizes a non-profit partner, Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona to provide emergency repair services. Examples of the types of repairs allowed include electrical, mechanical, plumbing and roofing.

To qualify, applicants must own and occupy the residence, and meet income requirements based on family size and program criteria. Funding is limited; repairs are approved on a case-by-case basis depending on the type and severity of the emergency.

“Last year, this critical service provided more than 150 repair visits to Glendale homeowners, many of which were A/C and cooler related,” said Community Revitalization Administrator Gilbert Lopez.

For more information, or to apply for assistance, please call Habitat for Humanity Central Arizona directly at 623-583-2417, extension 108.


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