The Houston Housing Authority provides housing to over 60,000 Houstonians. Home Depot retails portable air conditioners with dehumidifiers for $279 which will cool 200 sq ft.. Why can't the Houston Housing Authority purchase enough of these at a lower wholesale price for the residents of units without air conditioning, put serial numbers on them, and check them out to residents, perhaps for a small fee, say $1 to $10 a month? Check them out like a library book, with the resident's name and unit attached to the serial number. When a heat wave is predicted, something like an A/cMobile truck could go to the housing projects loaded up with units and check them out. When residents no longer need the units, they could contact the Housing Authority to have the units picked up. They could pay for themselves in 2-3 summers, depending on how early the summer heat started and how long it lasts before fall weather comes.
I don't have a lot of money myself, but as a Christian, I feel pretty sure I could cough up $5 for a month to help some poor senior have air conditioning. To me, even one woman who dies from heat exposure is a violation of the Second Commandment. Are there no churches willing to run or subsidize such a program? We are outraged when someone leaves a child or baby in a closed car. Why do we not feel outrage when we, as a society, leave elderly poor people in closed apartments to die in the heat? Are their lives no longer dsacred?
Just heard on the news that governments in the states hit by thie latest heat wave and power shortages like Virginia are ëven delivering air conditioners...is that because the recipients are higher income and voters? Golly, where did I get the idea that all US citizens are created equal and have equal rights? What is it I don't understand?