March 15, 2014
Financial help is available for elderly residents or anyone who can't afford to keep cool.
With Virginia's severe summer heat and humidity, staying cool is not a luxury, but rather a health and safety issue. Now the commonwealth's social services offices are accepting cooling assistance applications through August 15, as part of the energy assistance program.
Cooling assistance is available to households 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 $1180, and $2422 for a household of four.
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