Cooling Aid Fund Runs Dry

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COLUMBIA - Funds meant to help needy families stay cool throughout this historically hot summer ran out Wednesday, according to Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA).

"We are completely out of funds. People cannot get the service anymore," said Melody Rodriguez, energy coordinator for CMCA.

According to the Fulton Sun, an extra $72,933 in cooling aid to low income people was provided by the Missouri Department of Social Services, which receives the money from the federal government.

The funds, given to CMCA on July 31st, were supposed to last through the end of August.

Rodriguez said she has contacted officials at the Missouri Deparment of Social Services to let them know the funds have been used up.  

One community service worker said the lack of funds could have harmful effects on families who already have tight budgets.

"The need is immediate now for a lot of folks who are struggling to pay their utility bills every month. So when that utility bill is significantly higher, it puts more pressure on the families," said Voluntary Action Center Executive Director Nick Foster.

Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) serves Mid-Missourians in Audrain, Boone, Cole, Callaway, Cooper, Howard, Moniteau, and Osage counties.