Virginia social services offers cooling assistance

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RICHMOND, Va. (WAVY) – Virginia Department of Social Services (VDSS) is now accepting applications for cooling assistance.

If you or someone you know needs help with paying electric bills, or repairing a cooling system, you may be eligible for help through this program.

“Our agency is dedicated to providing eligible families with the necessary assistance to stay safe this summer,” said VDSS Commissioner S. Duke Storen. “Medical conditions can be exacerbated with increased temperatures inside the home. This could potentially create life-threatening situations for vulnerable individuals. I encourage all who may be eligible to apply before the deadline.”

The application period is open now until August 15.

In order to qualify for assistance, a household must have either:
-a child under six years of age
-an individual living with a disability
-an adult age 60 or older living in the home

There is also an income requirement for cooling assistance. This year, the maximum gross monthly income, before taxes, for a one-person household is $1,316 and $2,720 for a household of four.

Types of assistance include:
-Payment of electric bills to operate cooling equipment
-Payment of security deposits for electricity to operate cooling equipment
-Repair of a central air conditioning system or heat pump
-Purchase of a whole-house fan, including ceiling or attic fans
-Purchase and installation of a window unit air conditioner

Families and individuals may submit an application through their local department of social services or by calling the Enterprise Customer Service Center at 1-855-635-4370. Families and individuals can also apply online via CommonHelp by August 15.
To learn more about the program, click here. 

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