MCCSA Sees More Requests for A/C Assistance

With another day of heat, those without air conditioning are feeling the brunt of the hot conditions.

Multi-County Community Service Agency has seen an increase in the number of people requesting assistance for air conditioning.

Shirley Deville, deputy director of MCCSA, says that, while she cannot pinpoint an exact reason as to why the demand is up, the numbers show that there is a greater need.

"At the date that summer officially began, we had already served, given out, more air conditioners than we did the entire year last year, 103 versus 92, so that tells you the need is greater," said Deville. "The downturn in the economy naturally plays a factor also, but then the overall cost of energy has increased. People are paying more, and I would think that those who probably could have afforded to get an AC sometime back are no longer able to do that."

DeVille said MCCSA should be able to meet the need. The program operates on a first-come, first-served basis.

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