As temperatures sore into the 90s, some residents in Northampton are up in arms over air conditioning restrictions.
In a notice released Wednesday, the Northampton Housing Authority informed its tenants they could not have window air conditioning units and that they could either purchase a unit that fits into the sleeve already installed in their apartments or they could purchase a portable air conditioner.
"I had an emotional feeling for those tenants who are not able to pull that money right away to buy an air conditioner. All of us live on different salary incomes and some of us make more, some of us make less," said tenant Wayne Milo.
Milo told Western Mass News that many of his neighbors have been upset over the announcement, which also mentioned that building maintenance would no longer install or remove air conditioners.
"They cannot pull that money out of their income in one month to buy a brand new air conditioner," Milo explained.
Cara Clifford, executive director of Northampton Housing Authority, said that she's been fielding calls and emails since the original memo sent Wednesday.
"We today have sent a clarification memo out because it seemed some of the feedback we were getting is they thought they couldn't have air conditioners at all," Clifford said.
The clarification reads, "If you feel you need additional cooling in your apartment, we encourage you purchase a portable air conditioner."
"We're working with some vendors to see if we can get a good deal," Clifford noted.
Clifford said that it's as simple as this: window units present imminent dangers to passers-by.
"If they were to fall out, they could kill someone," Clifford added.
One of the issues some residents have encountered with their window sleeves is that if they don't have the right size air conditioner inside of it, hot air could be let in through the sides, making the air conditioning ineffective.
Management is hoping their clarification memo will ease worries for their tenants because they want them to stay cool as these warmer days arrive.
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