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It's getting hot in here: Can NYC keep seniors cool during COVID?

Posted On: 6 Jul 2020   |   Posted By: Grist

As the U.S. settles in for another exceptionally scorching summer , many Americans are facing daunting utility bills - especially as they spend more time than usual at home, avoiding the still-raging coronavirus. U.S. Department of Energy estimates reported by Bloomberg last week projected that power bills could increase by up to 25% for many, at a time when utility payments already constitute a substantial cost burden for 50 million Americans.
In cities like New York, where residential buildings often lack central air conditioning anyway, many residents beat the heat by spending summer days in the city's designated “cooling centers”: air-conditioned public gathering spots like community centers, senior centers, and public libraries. But in the middle of a global pandemic, such options are largely off the table. To compensate, in May New York City allocated $70 million to assist residents with their utility bills and also agreed to dispense around 74,000 free air...

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