When summer sets in for North Texas, it’s important to have a way to beat the heat. For some low-income families, Dallas County is providing the help they need in the form of new, free air conditioners.
“So we’re providing air conditioning units to families who don’t have air conditioning at all at home,” said Christian Grisales of Dallas County Health and Human Services. “We understand that many families have children, elderly people at home and do not have air conditioning, there is a great risk of dehydration, death.”
South Dallas resident Catina Jones applied for the Dallas County Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program, and on Wednesday her prayers were answered.
“The air conditioner was taking so long to turn on,” Jones said. “It was hard to keep your cool.”
A crew came to Jones near Fair Pair to remove the old non-functioning unit and install a new 3-ton unit which would cost between $8,000 and $10,000.
For Jones, it was free.
“She hasn’t had it for several years, that’s what she told me. No air conditioning. Hot in the house,” said Daniel Martinez of HVAC Service Pro. “It feels good to help these people, you know? They’re going through a lot. They don’t have a lot of money to pay for some of these things here.”
“I’m very grateful and blessed to have this unit,” Jones said. “I’m just ecstatic because, without County, I don’t know how I would be able to do it.”
the Dallas County Comprehensive Energy Assistance Program is free for those who qualify. This is an annual heating and cooling program, which also covers electricity bills.