Knox Co. families in need turning to CAC for help through Heat R

Knox Co. families in need turning to CAC for help through Heat Relief program

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By now you've likely had your air conditioning or a fan running at full blast because of this heat wave, but some families simply can't afford to cool their home and many are looking for help. By now you've likely had your air conditioning or a fan running at full blast because of this heat wave, but some families simply can't afford to cool their home and many are looking for help.
Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee says it's too soon to tell how big the need is, though their organization started receiving calls in May with families asking for box fans. Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee says it's too soon to tell how big the need is, though their organization started receiving calls in May with families asking for box fans.
By LAURA HALM
6 News Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - By now you've likely had your air conditioning or a fan running at full blast because of this heat wave, but some families simply can't afford to cool their home and many are looking for help.

Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee says it's too soon to tell how big the need is, though their organization started receiving calls in May with families asking for box fans.

On days like today, Clifford Holliday, 68, is in and out of his home. A fan running in his living room helps keep him cool and his electric bill low since he's on a fixed income.

"Mostly I run my fan during the day," he said.

That fan wouldn't be here if it wasn't for help from the CAC and their heat relief program.

"We're trying to take care of the elderly, those with disability, and small children," said Energy and Community Services Director Cecelia Waters.

Right now there are less than a dozen box fans to give families, but the CAC says they can get more if needed. Signing up to receive a fan is simple: families just need to fill out an application.

"Now is a good time to sign up and it also gives us a gauge to find out what the need in the community is," said Waters.

The LIHEAP funding has run dry for those needing help paying a utility bill because of air conditioning, as they have served nearly 9,000 families since October.

"This past winter has been a shocker for many families because we did have a prolonged cold. Hopefully the summer will be better," said Waters.

If July and August turn out to be hotter than normal, Holliday says he's simply grateful for the help he's gotten.

"Oh yeah I appreciate it a whole lot. It sure helped me out a lot," he said.

If you would like to sign up to receive or donate a 20 inch box fan, you can call the CAC at (865) 637-6700. You can also drop off donations at CAC Headquarters, 2247 Western Avenue in Knoxville.


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