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Applications for cooling assistance being accepted

The Virginia Department of Social Services will provide qualifying households with cooling assistance during the summer months. Applications are being accepted until Monday, Aug. 16.

To qualify for cooling assistance, a household must have a child less than six years of age, an individual living with a disability, or an adult age 60 or older living in the home.

Eligible households must also meet income requirements for cooling assistance. This year, the maximum gross monthly income, before taxes, for a one-person household, is $1,610 and $3,313 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, and

—Purchase and installation of a window unit air conditioner.

Households that were approved to receive assi...

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