— As summer temperatures rise, staying cool can become a necessity for seniors and people with certain medical conditions. Cooling assistance is available for qualifying households through the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). “Extreme heat and humidity can create health and safety issues for older adults and other individuals with certain medical conditions,” said Michele Gee, director of the Department of Human Services’ Economic Assistance Division. “This program provides extra help to vulnerable individuals who need to stay safe …

— As another sweltering summer is predicted for the state, AARP is reminding residents who have limited incomes that help is available to keep the air conditioning on. State law prohibits utilities from shutting off electricity for nonpayment from June 1 to Sept. 30 on any day in which the forecast temperature is above 95 degrees or the heat index is above 105. Residents should also know that the Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) will provide help with cooling costs. …