“As heat waves get worse, air conditioning has come to feel like a must-have even in parts of the U.S. that historically haven’t needed it. Those who live in public housing are especially vulnerable to the heat — they’re not just low-income, but also disproportionately older, people of color, chronically ill and often living in hotter neighborhoods that lack shade from tree cover. And yet even as extreme heat becomes more common, it remains a struggle for many tenants to get AC.
Much public housing is decades old, built before central air was widely available, and it would be incredibly expensive to add it now. Many tenants get an allowance for utilities that includes heat, but federal rules actually specify that it not cover air conditioning. Residents are allowed to get their own AC units, but Deborah Thrope, of the National Housing Law Project, says most must pay for it and the monthly bills themselves.”
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During the hot months of summer many people without access to air conditioning are at risk from heat stroke. It is crucial that homeowners, landlords, and commercial businesses provide relief from the heat before tragedy strikes. Depending on the type of unit, installation and monthly bills might not be as expensive as you think.
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