Help available to pay cooling bills

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - Help cooling your home could be one phone call away. Gulf Coast Community Action is offering help to low income South Mississippians. If you're interested, you can call the number for your county office and make an appointment.

Harrison County - (228) 865-4375
Hancock County - (228) 467-0158
George County - (601) 947-7426
Stone County - (601) 928-5044
Greene County - (601) 394-2942

You will need to pre-qualify for assistance by bringing identification and proof of income.

A representative said that with temperatures rising, so are the requests for assistance, and funds are limited. They advise you to call as soon as possible to get assistance.

If the heat becomes too much for you to handle, there are places where you can cool off. The Paralyzed Veterans of America will have its building open to the public as a cooling center. It is located at 15489 Dedeaux Road in Gulfport, and will be open Monday through Friday, 8am-6:30pm.

Also, the Isaiah Fredericks Community Center is open for those seeking shelter from the heat. It's located at 3312 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Gulfport.

And while they are not official cooling off stations, you can go to any public library in South Mississippi to take refuge from the heat, as well as community centers and museums.

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