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MLGW, Neighborhood Christian Center Team To Help Seniors "Play It Cool": 230 Window AC Units Donated to Low-Income Seniors
April 18, 2011
(April 18, 2011) - Seniors facing the unrelenting heat of summer can expect a little relief thanks to Memphis Light, Gas and Water's "Play It Cool" Program. As part of MLGW's community outreach efforts, 230 window air conditioning units will be available to qualified low-income seniors and disabled residents of Shelby County.

The Neighborhood Christian Center will be accepting applications and screening eligible households for the free units at 785 Jackson Avenue on Tuesday, April 19 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for individuals with last names beginning A through M. On Thursday, April 21, applications for those with last names beginning N through Z will be accepted from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m.

To qualify applicants must be a resident of Shelby County, a low income senior 60 years of age or older, and without operable air conditioning. Once an individual is screened and pre-qualifies, a pre-qualification voucher will be issued to verify that the applicant has met the guidelines up to the field inspection. Field inspections are conducted by MLGW to verify presence of operable air conditioning.

To apply applicants will need the following credentials on hand:
  • Tennessee State ID or Drivers License to verify age and address.
  • The most recent pay stub or Social Security Income statement to verify income.
  • If you have a physical disability but do not meet the age requirement you must bring the proper certification information.

    Air conditioners will not be installed at addresses with operating units, or on units with bars or storm windows. Installation of units will be performed by MLGW employees and are scheduled to begin May 27.

    Applicants for the "Play It Cool" Program may also contact the Neighborhood Christian Center's hotline number at (901) 881-6013 for a pre-recorded message detailing the necessary qualifications and credentials for eligibility.

    MLGW is the largest three-service public power utility in the nation, serving more than 423,000 customers in Memphis and Shelby County.