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Extreme heat puts financial pressure on older adults. Phoenix program aims to help

After recording the warmest monthly average temperature for any U.S. city ever in July, Phoenix remains under an excessive heat warning through Monday. For some older adults, that means finding solutions to stay cool and save money. 

Aging in the Valley can be expensive. One way to help with costs is to take advantage of the city’s Weatherization Assistance Program. It aims to reduce energy costs for low-income residents who qualify.

"We are seeing an influx of requests across the board," said Omar Clark, the the project manager for the city.

But the program doesn't just help with air conditioners.

"So, when we talk about weatherization, we talk about addressing things such as water heaters, energy efficient appliances, repair and replacement of HVAC units, [and] installation," Clark said.

The city also has 15 senior centers, which are open throughout the day and are currently serving as hydration stations. 

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Kathy Ritchie has 20 years of experience reporting and writing stories for national and local media outlets — nearly a decade of it has been spent in public media.