Free fans for seniors looking to stay cool on the Peninsula

Fan Care: Free fans for seniors on the Peninsula

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WVEC) -- The extreme heat is set to return in just a few days, and the Peninsula Agency on Aging is helping seniors stay cool.

On Tuesday, low-income seniors can start applying for free fans. To be eligible, you must have a need for cooling assistance, meet the agency's income guidelines, and live in Newport News, Hampton, James City County, Poquoson, York, or Williamsburg.

For Future Wilson, it was a delivery that changed her life.

“I was a happy little camper,” said Wilson. “She set it up for me and put it on for me, and I just felt so good.”

It’s part of “Fan Care,” a program that provides one free fan or window A/C unit to adults aged 60 years or older, living on the Peninsula.  

“We try to screen them to make sure that they have a medical condition and that they are in need of some kind of cooling assistance,” said Peninsula Agency on Aging Care Coordinator Susie Castle.

The fans provide an opportunity for senior citizens to stay cool and keep costs low. Wilson explained that she can’t use air conditioning due to her arthritis. The fan allows her to stay comfortable in her home.

“I was perspiring a whole lot,” said Wilson. “Now I can put the fan on me and it keeps me cool and I can just lay down and go to sleep and I'm peaceful.”

The eligibility requirements to receive a box fan or AC unit:

-          Must be 60 years of age or older

-          Must need additional cooling in the home

-          Must meet household income requirements

o   Less than $1,508 per month for one person

o   Less than $2,030 per month for two people

 

For more information you can call them at 757-873-0541. 

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