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Relief from the heat inside your apartment

Posted at 5:36 PM, Jul 06, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-06 22:36:17-04

TULSA, Okla. — Living in an apartment complex can be fun during the summer. Access to the pool, gatherings at the gazebo and the community cook out.

But living with no air conditioning is not fun and can be hazardous to your health.

Unfortunately, that is the reality of many Tulsans living in low income apartments.

There is a free service for those living in unbearable conditions called the Tulsa Weather Coalition.

It was founded in 1980, when the city saw 13 heat related deaths that year.

The process to apply is just a phone call away by dialing 2-1-1 and asking for air conditioning assistance.

You will be asked to fill out an application to determine if you qualify based on being a Tulsa County resident, medical needs and income.

The Tulsa Weather Coalition does not provide central units but wall units.

The units are purchased through donations and installation is done by professionally certified air conditioning technicians.

Melinda Belcher says applicants are instructed on the proper use of the unit.

"We tell clients you should probably stay in one room and give them information on how to stay cool the rest of the summer," Belcher said.

Only one unit per household is aloud.

For more information on the program, click here.

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