'I need an air conditioner!'
An air conditioner, that's what 69-year-old Jonas Amerson says he needs, but can't seem to get.
'I don't have an air conditioner and I'm about to burn up!'
(Reporter) 'What is this area?'
(Amerson) 'This is the bedroom.'
The fans that are in Amerson's bedroom are the only sources of air he has to cool his entire house. Right now, all three fans are in his bedroom because that's where he spends a lot of time. However, with one of the fans not generating a lot of cool air, Amerson says what he needs most is help to truly beat the heat!
'They're just not cutting it, when it's 100 degrees outside, it's not cutting it,' says Amerson. 'I only get a little over $700 a month and guys who don't work get the same amount as I did when I worked.'
Early last year Amerson says the air conditioner at his house stopped working. Last spring he first requested an air conditioner from Multi-County Community Service Agency. That's when he was told that he needed to secure some documentation.
'They said, 'Go get a birth certificate. Go get a social security card. I did that.'
By January of this year Amerson says he turned in all the information needed to MCCSA officials and reentered an air conditioner request, but like many, he's still waiting.
"We have issued already since April, 103 air conditioners and this is just in Lauderdale County. In addition to taking applications, the workers have to do home visits,' says MCCSA Deputy Director, Shirley Deville.
DeVille says the three MCCSA employees who handle Lauderdale County's air conditioner requests are working hard to meet the growing demand. As for Mr. Amerson's request, she says she plans to check on it.
'I don't what I have to do to get an air conditioner,' says Amerson.
Last year MCCSA issued a total of 92 air conditioners to needy residents within the 9 counties that it serves. So far this year, more than 100 have been issued in Lauderdale County alone. There are currently 84 names on the waiting list.