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Request a free air conditioning unit to stay cool during Portland’s summers

Those interested can apply for the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) Cooling Portland program by dialing 311 or going online.

Two people install an air conditioning unit in the corner of a room.

Since June 2022, the program has installed more than 8,000 efficient cooling devices across Portland.

Photo via Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability

As a city, Portland can still feel the burn of deadly heat events in its recent past — and warmer summers are simply a new reality of climate change.

To help soothe those risks, the Portland Clean Energy Community Benefits Fund (PCEF) is partnering with PDX 311 to promote its Cooling Portland program. By calling the number or going online, people in need can apply for a free, efficient, and portable units that can provide cooling (and heating during the winter).

“Integrating PDX 311 allows us to connect with Portlanders in need and keep people safe ahead of the next heat wave or cold snap,” said PCEF Strategic Partnership and Policy Manager Jaimes Valdez. “Portlanders who need a cooling unit should get on the list before summer starts to heat up.”

People with low income, especially those over 60, with medical needs, or who live alone, will be prioritized.

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