The Mechanical Trade Contractors of Arizona (MTCAZ) is giving back to the community to help needy Valley residents stay cool and safe this summer by offering selected Maricopa homeowners with free home cooling system repair or replacement. The Mechanical Trade Contractors of Arizona (MTCAZ) is a non-profit trade association for heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration contractors in Arizona. We work to give our members the tools they need to succeed in the mechanical industry.
Project Cool Aid, a collaborative project of the MTCAZ and United Cerebral Palsy of Central Arizona (UCP) will focus on assisting individuals and families with disabilities who are in desperate need of assistance. “We are proud to partner with UCP of Central Arizona. For 64 years UCP has provided comprehensive services to individuals with disabilities and their families by providing physical and developmental support as well as educational growth” says Antoine Coffer, MTCAZ CEO/ Executive Director, “Through our partnership we will be able to reach out to the disabled community and provide a safer and healthier home environment for those families and children who need it most”.
In the 2015 UCP National Case for Inclusion Arizona ranked first in the nation for Medicaid services for individuals with developmental disabilities and was recognized for its success in encouraging families to care for their loved ones in a homelike setting. More than 90 percent of Arizonans with developmental disabilities receive services in a home like setting and for many of these persons with disabilities; certain medical conditions are affected by the extreme summer temperatures.
While Project Cool Aid will focus on assisting individuals and families with disabilities; senior citizens, the working poor and homeowners with extreme financial hardship are encouraged to apply.
Maricopa County homeowners have from Monday, March 21, 2016 to Monday, April 4, 2016 to submit application to Project Cool Aid. The application consists of the following:
- Homeowner’s name, e-mail, home address and telephone number (must be a homeowner- no apartments or rentals)
- Description of cooling system needs
- Number and description of family members- proof of income if requested
- Contractors must have a safe environment to perform the repairs, which will be determined at the inspection conducted by MTCAZ contractors or staff.
- Statement of special circumstances including health, disability issues and extreme financial concerns (200 word maximum)
- Participants will be asked to sign a release authorizing the work and agreeing to share their story.
For more information about Project Cool Aid call MTCAZ, www.mtcaz.org, 602-298-5454 or UCP of Central Arizona at 602-943-5472.