'Beat the Heat' initiative provides air conditioners to those at risk

By Brittany Taylor - Digital News Editor

HOUSTON - U.S. Rep. Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee, D-Texas, announced her partnership with the city of Houston and other officials to launch a “Beat The Heat” conference for seniors and children.

"We should never risk the lives of seniors and children who are most at risk for health-related complications in Houston's extreme heat," Lee said.

The conference was held Saturday at 3 p.m. in the 5900 block of Easter Street.

Lee said Houston is ranked as one of the hottest cities in the nation and as temperatures increase, the health of children and seniors are at risk.

"For years I have worked closely with local nonprofit organizations to ensure that the most vulnerable members of our community receive air conditioners,” Lee said. “We should never risk the lives of seniors and children who are most at risk for health-related complications. The distribution of air conditioners will help to ensure that our residents remain cool during our sweltering summers."

Lee has provided heat relief assistance for more than 20 years for citizens in need. She has provided air conditioning units to local citizens with the help of partnerships and other organizations.

She said the summer heat in Houston affects sick people, very young children and seniors who cannot bear the temperatures.

I you or anyone you know is in need of assistance registering to receive air conditioning, you are asked to call Lee's office at 713-655-0050.

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