With California experiencing a scorching hot summer, inhabitants have been subjected to harsh heatwaves as temperatures continue to rise.
The US state of California has launched the Cool LA programme to alleviate the strain of rising heat on low-income citizens in Los Angeles.
The programme was designed by the city of Los Angeles and the Department of Water and Power (LADWP) to help eligible homeowners buy air conditioners from the LADWP Marketplace.
Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti said, "The impacts of the climate emergency are on our doorstep, and we can't wait to provide solutions to those on the front lines of this catastrophe today."
"Cool LA will deliver essential heat respite to over a quarter million of our most vulnerable Angelenos. It's the latest step in our work to support communities impacted by climate change.
LADWP Board President Cynthia McClain-Hill also stressed the need of assisting individuals in need, calling the current scenario "horrible."
"Many Angelenos frequently risk their own health and safety by leaving their air conditioners turned off during extreme heat conditions....
Out of fear that they won't be able to pay their electric bills if they run their air conditioner.
"What's even more disgusting is that some of our city's most vulnerable residents can't even afford to possess air conditioners," McClain-Hill said in a press release.
Eligibility is primarily based on income, with a single resident earning $36,620 or less qualifying.The plan is expected to assist around 250,000 residents in total.