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KMIR6 Investigates Resources to Beat the Heat

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KMIR6 Investigates Resources to Beat the Heat

CREATED Jul. 30, 2012

PALM DESERT- A Palm Desert woman says she's struggling through the extreme temperatures and doesn't know where else to turn for help. KMIR6's investigates what resources may be available for her and thousands of other seniors in the desert.

Ruby Calvert says there's not enough help to keep seniors like her safe in triple digit temperatures. Like many across the desert, she just doens't have the money to keep her air conditioner running. Cooling centers are available for residents, but those centers close for the evening.

"When we leave the center where we've enjoyed their hospitality. We go home to a residence that's absolutely boiling," said Calvert.

Officials from the Riverside County Community Action Partnership-- the agency behind the cooling centers in the valley-- say there may be help for people like Calvert. The agency will help pay the utility bill for those who qualify.

For more information on this program, visit
or call (800) 511-1110.

Southern California Edison also provides assistance to eligible customers. The company will replace air conditioners with energy efficient coolers at no cost. For more information on this program, call 1-800-736-4777.

For a list of cooling centers, visit: