The Low Income Evaporative Cooler Tune-up and Repair Program is available once again through the Gila County Housing Service. Funding for the program has been provided by Pinal/Gila Council for Senior Citizens, the Older Americans Act.
Residents aged 60 or older, or those under 60 with a disability, may qualify for this assistance. The program is aimed to assist persons who do not have the resources or family/friends to assist them with startup and/or repairs of their evaporative coolers.
Applications will be taken from March 18 through March 25 by telephone and in person by contacting Gila County Housing office at 1-800-304-4452 for the Payson area, for the Globe area, go to the office at 5515 Apache St., Suite 200, Globe or call (928) 425-7631.
Because of a cut in funding, only approximately 60 coolers can be done throughout the county. Applicants with the lowest income will be priority. Services performed on coolers will include: cleaning, new pads, pumps, floats and water lines may be replaced if necessary to get coolers in shape for the warmer weather. A shutoff service at the end of the cooling season is also included in this program. There is no charge for this service eligible persons.