Butler County organization helping more people stay cool this summer

BUTLER COUNTY, OH (FOX19) - Butler County S.E.L.F (Support to Encourage Low-Income Families) is able to help hundreds of more families this year thanks to a mild winter.

"The winter crisis program didn't get as much use as it often does, so we had some extra funds and they were able to start the summer program earlier and expand the criteria so more people are eligible," said Sharon Bengel, S.E.L.F Community Relations Director.

Eligible families are given $250 dollars toward their utility costs or an air conditioning unit. In order to qualify for assistance you must be living at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty line and:

- Be over 60-years-old

- Or have a doctors note verifying you have a chronic medical condition that benefits from air conditioning

- Or have a disconnect notice from a utility provider

"It's nice to have the ability to meet more needs, it's definitely nice to have that," said Bengel. "It's still unfortunate that the need is so great."

The program started on June 1st and already 280 families have been helped. Officials say there's enough funds to help hundreds more.

S.E.L.F can be reached at (513) 868-9300.

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