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Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program offers help for elderly residents

 

Large air conditionerExtreme heat is once again in the forecast which means an increase in electric consumption, but many can’t afford the increase in costs due to higher temperatures.  Higher energy usage equates to higher bills. The Council for Economic Opportunies’ Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program may be the answer to alleviating some of the stress associated with higher bills for the elderly and those with chronic illnesses.

The agency’s literature states, “The Council for Economic Opportunities’ Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program provides eligible Cuyahoga County residents assistance paying an electric bill, window a/c units or assistance paying for central air conditioning repairs. The program runs through August 31st.

To apply for assistance, call (216) 518-4014 to schedule an appointment.  The program operates week days beginning at 6:30 a.m. at the Central Neighborhood Opportunity Center located at 1849 Prospect Ave., across the street from the Wolstein Center. Please verify your eligibility by visiting http://www.ceogc.org/energy-assistance/.

To apply for emergency assistance, a resident must have the most recent bills for gas and electric utilities, photo identification, Social Security numbers for all household members and verification of all income for all household over the age of eighteen for the previous twelve months. For those households who have no income, an IRS Tx Transcript is required. Renters living in multi-unit dwellings may be required to provide their landlord’s name and contact information.

The Summer Crisis Program provides assistance to low-income households with an elderly member (60 years or older), or households that can provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health.

Health issues can include lung disease; Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease; or asthma, which affects more than 850,000 Ohioans, according to the Centers for Disease Control.

Eligible Cleveland Public Power customers can receive up to $500. Assistance is applied to a utility bill or applied to central air conditioning repair costs. Ohioans must have a gross income at or below 175 percent of the federal proverty guidelines to qualify for assistance.

For more information about the features of the Summer Crisis Program visit ceogc.org.

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Hydrate, hydrate, hydrate! Be Cool!

All residents can keep cool by following these important tips:

  • Drink more fluids (nonalcoholic), regardless of your activity level. Don’t wait until you’re  thirsty to drink. Warning: If your doctor generally limits the amount of fluid you drink  or has you on water pills, ask him how much you should drink while the weather is hot.water_glass_PNG15215.png
  • Don’t drink liquids that contain alcohol or large amounts of sugar–these actually cause  you to lose more body fluid. Also, avoid very cold drinks, because they can cause  stomach cramps.
  • Stay indoors and, if at all possible, stay in an air-conditioned place. If your home does  not have air conditioning, go to the shopping mall or public library–even a few hours  spent in air conditioning can help your body stay cooler when you go back into the heat.
  • Electric fans may provide comfort, but when the temperature is in the high 90s, fans will not prevent heat-related illness. Taking a cool shower or bath, or moving to an air conditioned place is a much better way to cool off.
  • Wear lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing.
  • NEVER leave anyone in a closed, parked vehicle.
  • Although any one at any time can suffer from heat-related illness, some people are at  greater risk than others. Check regularly on:
    • Infants and young children;
    • People aged 65 or older;
    • People who have a mental illness; and
    • Those who are physically ill, especially with heart disease or high blood pressure.
    • Visit adults at risk at least twice a day and closely watch them for signs of heat  exhaustion or heat stroke. Infants and young children, of course, need much more frequent watching.

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Heat and Humidity to return this weekend! Tips to stay cool & save!

The mercury and humidity levels are set to increase this weekend, so keep these tips in mind as you seek to beat the heat without breaking the bank:

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Enter the City of Cleveland’s annual “Design a Crime Fighter” Contest!

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Mayor Frank G. Jackson annually hosts “Mayor’s Night Out Against Crime” events in each of the city’s five police districts. The goal is to engage residents and law enforcement personnel in a relaxed environment. The mayor wants youngsters to meet the men and women tasked with protecting them and begin to see them as a friend and a resource.

This year we are seeking to engage youth through the “Design A Crime Fighter” contest. The winning designs will be incorporated into a logo/design for future “Mayor’s Night Out Against Crime” events.

Criteria for Participation

Residency
Youth must reside in the City of Cleveland
Age Restrictions
Youth must be eight (8) years of age by June 15th, 2018, and must not be older than thirteen (13) years of age by June 15th, 2018.

Contest Rules

• Each entry must be the original work of one child;
• One submission per child.
• Designs may be horizontal or vertical.
• Any 2D art medium may be used (crayon, markers, colored pencil, etc.) Please no computer generated images or 3D materials (glitter, glued items, etc.).
• Words and numbers may be included in the design.
• Be creative! Please do not use copyrighted art, logos, etc.
• The contest runs until July 20th and is open to children ages 8-13.
• All entries are due by 4 p.m. on July 20th. Return your entry to City of Cleveland, Community Relations Board, 601 Lakeside Avenue, Room #11, Cleveland, Ohio
44114 or by email MNO@city.cleveland.oh.us.
• Winners will be selected by the City of Cleveland Mayor’s Night Out Against Crime Committee in two categories Ages 8-10 and 11-13 for each of the City’s five (5) Police Districts.
• Winners will be notified by phone no later than July 29th. The winning designs will be incorporated into an overall Mayor’s Night Out Against Crime Design for the
2019 event.
• All winners will receive a certificate and recognition at the Mayor’s Night Out Against Crime event on August 2nd as well as the publication of their design. City of Cleveland “Design A Crime Fighter ” Contest

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Be safe this Independence Day! Consider these Fireworks Safety Tips

fireworks4-0336We all enjoy the 4th of July because most of us plan cookouts with family and friends. We like to end our night typically by either watching a fireworks show somewhere, or setting off our own fireworks because somehow fireworks have become synonymous with our celebration of Independence Day.
However, the thrill of fireworks can also lead to serious injuries. Here are some important safety tips to consider when using fireworks:

  • Never allow young children to play with or ignite fireworks.
    Avoid purchasing fireworks that are packaged in brown paper because this is often a sign that fireworks were made for professional displays and that they could potentially pose serious danger to consumers.
  • Always have an adult supervise fireworks activities.
    Parents must keep in mind that young children suffer injuries from sparklers because they can burn at temperatures of about 2,000 degrees. (These are temperatures hot enough to melt some metals.)
  • Never place any part of your body directly over a fireworks device while attempting to ignite the fuse. Back up to a safe distance immediately after lighting the firework.
  • Never try to re-light or pick up fireworks that have not fully ignited upon your first attempt.
  • Never point or throw fireworks at another person.
  • Keep a bucket of water or a garden hose handy in case of fire or other mishaps.
  • Light fireworks one at a time, then move back quickly.
  • Never carry fireworks in a pocket or shoot them off in metal or glass containers.
  • After fireworks complete their burning period, douse the spent device with plenty of water from a bucket or hose before discarding it in order to prevent a trash fire.
  • Make certain that the types fireworks you would like to set off are legal in the City of Cleveland prior to making your purchase.

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City Encourages Residents to Visit City Pools & Spray Basins as Temps Rise Above 90 Degrees

City of Cleveland offers tips to keep cool this weekend!

Straight from City Hall

The City of Cleveland reminds residents to take extra caution as temperatures are expected to rise above 90 degrees this weekend. The National Weather Service forecasts a high temperature of 88 degrees on Friday, a high of 94 degrees on Saturday and a high of 92 degrees on Sunday.

City outdoor pools are normally open Wednesdays through Sundays. Indoor pools are open Mondays through Saturdays. Outdoor pools will remain open Monday and Tuesday if temperatures rise to 85 degrees or higher. Spray basins will be open and remain open if the temperature is 80 degrees or higher Click here for a list of indoor and outdoor pool locations.

Here are some additional tips for staying safe in the heat:

  • Stay hydrated! Drink plenty of water and avoid caffeine.
  • Wear loose-fitting, light-colored clothes during hot weather.
  • Cover your head with a hat and use sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays.

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Scams are back – know what not to do!

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CLEVELAND – Utility scammers are at it again! Cleveland Public Power customers have recently been contacted with the threat of disconnection of their electric service if they did not call a toll-free number and make a payment using reloadable Debit Cards, and then reporting the card number to the caller.

Customers are advised to dismiss calls of this nature and to call our offices immediately to report the telephone calls.

“This scam is targeting commercial businesses and while Cleveland Public Power will contact customers about their bills, we would not refer them to a third party payment option. Any suspicious activity like this should be reported to the Public Utilities Police at (216) 443-2426,” said Cleveland Public Power Commissioner Ivan Henderson.

Henderson also said, “When there is a threat of disconnection the only way to make payments would be in person in our Payment Center, by calling in and making a payment with our Customer Service representatives or make an online payment yourself.”

Notices about this illegal activity have been posted on CPP’s website as well as on its social media sites.

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