South San Francisco is giving away 75 air purifiers to low-income households that qualify. The program, which started last week, comes when the Caldor Fire south of Lake Tahoe has deteriorated air quality in the city and much of the state.
“One of the reasons we wanted to give away air purifiers was to address the inequalities within climate change and the smoke-filled air that is very dangerous for residents,” said Councilor James Coleman.
South San Francisco households earning 50% or less of the median income for the area ($ 63,950 for one person, $ 73,100 for two) are eligible for one air purifier per household.
Bay Area residents outside of South San Francisco can apply for a free air purifier from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District, which also runs an air purifier delivery program for low-income households.
Basic air filtration systems typically cost between $ 100 and $ 150, while better units can cost several hundred dollars.