Staff Reports

Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity is helping people stay cooler and healthier at home this summer.

The Beat the Heat program provides delivery and installation of a window air conditioning unit and fans to lower-income households that do not have functioning cooling systems.

Persons over age 60, disabled persons, individuals with chronic illness worsened by heat, households with children under age four and military veterans that have no cooling systems in their homes are encouraged to contact family services at 903-236-0900 ext.204 to get more information.

Recipients are required to complete a brief application and pay a $20 partner cost share. Habitat delivers and installs the unit and provides educational information on recognizing heat-related illness, unit maintenance and tips to stay cool.

“According to the CDC, people over age 65, disabled persons, children under age four and individuals with certain medical conditions are especially prone to heat-related illness, and least able purchase and install units unassisted,” said LaJuan Gordon, executive director. “Beat the Heat is designed to help those that are most susceptible to avoid heat emergencies. Healthier, safer communities start with healthy residents.

“And, helping our neighbors stay healthier in their homes is a primary aspect of the Habitat mission,” she said.

The program began June 1 and is available until funds are exhausted. To apply, call Habitat Family Services at 903-236-0900 ext. 204 or visit the Habitat office at 905 McCann Road, Longview from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday to Friday. You may also apply at Marshall office at 401 S. Alamo from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesdays.

Northeast Texas Habitat for Humanity is a nonprofit housing ministry dedicated to eradicating the devastating effects of poverty housing. The organization was founded in Longview in 1985 and expanded in June 2018 to serve Gregg, Harrison and Upshur counties.