The Clear Air Filtration Program will be expanded to supply unhoused, low-income households, and emergency centers in the Bay Area with portable air filtration units, the Bay Area Air Quality Management District announced.
San Francisco, Alameda, Contra Costa, San Mateo, Santa Clara and Sonoma counties residents were benefited by the program done with the Regional Asthma Prevention Management, which was unveiled earlier this August.
A total of 3, 000 more residents across the Bay Area will further be helped by the program as it expands to Marin, Napa and Solano counties.
“The smoke that has lingered in the Bay Area this month is a poignant reminder that wildfires have become increasingly larger and more frequent, with potentially significant health impacts for the region’s residents, especially those with respiratory illnesses,” Air District’s executive officer Jack Broadbent said. “The time to act to protect our most vulnerable residents is now, and the expansion of our Clean Air Filtration Program is a significant step towards achieving this important goal.”
People who have emphysema, COPD, asthma and other respiratory problems can suffer from urgent health effects caused by wildfire smoke.
Their healthy counterparts can also be impacted with the health consequences during wildfires.
“Poor air quality advisories are becoming standard with the growing number of wildland fires, so the expansion of the Clean Air Filtration Program is a must,” Cindy Chavez, Santa Clara County Supervisor and chair of the Air District Board of Directors, said, as reported by KRON4. “Many people with respiratory issues have also lost their homes during the pandemic and are staying at shelters where these systems can now be installed. Please get more information on how to apply and updates at AirFilters@baaqmd.gov.”
Air filtration units are available at $100 to $150 for other Bay Area residents excluded from the Clear Air Filtration Program.