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Residents Can Apply for Cooling Assistance

Fans, repair services are available for those who qualify.

Temperatures once again are soaring into the high 90s this week in Northern Virginia. That means some people are at risk if they don't have air-conditioning or other means of cooling off.

Vulnerable households can apply for cooling assistance to help combat the hot summer weather.

The state’s Cooling Assistance Program is available to homes with a child under 6 years-old, a person with disabilities or an adult age 60 or older living in the home who meet the program’s income and eligibility requirements.

To qualify for cooling assistance this year, the maximum gross monthly income (before taxes) for a one-person household is $1,211 (an annual income of $14,532). For a household of four, the maximum gross monthly income (before taxes) is $2,498 (an annual income of $29,976).

Last year, more than 80,000 homes in Virginia were given cooling assistance. The type of assistance includes the repair of a central air conditioning system or heat pumps, the purchase of a whole-house fan and the installation of a window unit air conditioner.

Those eligible can apply from June 15 through August 15. The program is run by the Virginia Department of Social Services’ (VDSS) Energy Assistance Program.

To learn more visit the state's website or call 2-1-1 or visit www.211virginia.org for more information. 

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