With the thermometers reaching the triple digits, many families in need are seeking assistance from the Metro Action Commission.
On Monday, the commission began its new fiscal year which will allow them to provide relief to those who need help paying their electric bills.
“We want families to know this program does exist. We don't people to kind of suffer through it and not have any electricity, especially during this extreme heat. We want them to come into our agency,” Lisa McCrady of the Metro Action Commission explained.
Each year, the Metro Action Commission provides assistance to more than 10,000 people who need help paying their rent, mortgages and prescriptions.
Assistance is based on income and is provided one time per year per family.
Since the energy assistance program is federally funded, it cannot accept outside donations.
As of Monday, they have $5 million to get them through until next year.
Congress has the option to offer more money in the event the funds run out.
“They have designated additional funds depending on how extreme the temps are. It typically happens in the winter months; however, since we are experiencing those high temps in the summer months, there could be some additional appropriations. They're always very responsive to the needs of the state,” McCrady said.
The Metro Action Commission also offers relief from the heat through a summer cooling program that offers new, free air conditioners.
Currently there is a waiting list.
For more information, visit Nasshville.gov.