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Applications being accepted for cooling assistance

Virginia’s 120 local social services departments are accepting cooling assistance applications through Aug. 15 as part of the Virginia Department of Social Services Energy Assistance Program. The signup began June 15.

"Our goal is to help eligible low-income families and our most vulnerable citizens throughout Virginia, who simply cannot afford to pay their electric bill or perhaps repair an air conditioner," said VDSS Commissioner Martin D. Brown.

To qualify for cooling assistance this year, the maximum gross monthly income (before taxes) for a one-person household is $1,211 and $2,498 for a household of four.

The cooling assistance component served more than 80,000 Virginia households last year, said VDSS spokesman Andrea Gregg.

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