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, 200 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 Wednesday, May 1, 2013 from 9 a.m. to 3 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 will be conducted by MLGW to verify that the residence meets installation requirements.
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 residences with bars or storm windows. MLGW field inspections will begin in early May and the installation of units will be performed by MLGW employees starting in June.
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.