"We've already had 12-15 people in the first hour," said Randy Cole, energy assistance coordinator. "So it's really great to see people and see the reward of all your hard work."
The city provided $12,000 to supply 100 free air conditioners, which qualified people can exchange for their old air conditioners. People must be at least 65 years old or disabled and make less than $20,000 a year for a family of four.
CMCA expects to spend $400,000 this summer on emergency help for low-income families in need. The organization hopes the free air conditioner program will help it reduce spending of its energy crisis funds.
Richardson is excited to be able to play comfortably in her Nana's house.
"It'd be pretty cool," she said.
CMCA, which serves about 14,000 families, will also weatherize homes for free by adding insulation, replacing doors and repairing weather stripping.