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Cooling Assistance Applications Now Being Accepted

With Virginia’s severe summer heat and humidity, staying cool is not a luxury, but rather a health and safety issue. Albemarle County’s Department of Social Services (ACDSS) is accepting Cooling Assistance applications now through August 15, as part of the Virginia Department of Social Services’ Energy Assistance Program.

Cooling Assistance is available to households with a child under 6-years-old, a person with a disability, 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 $1,245 and $2,552 for a household of four.
Types of available cooling 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 for households without a working one.

Those deemed eligible may qualify for more than one type of assistance; however the maximum benefit for assistance with electric utility bills is $100.  The Energy Assistance Program is funded by the federal Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program block grant; the amount Virginia receives to disburse to recipients varies from year-to-year depending on the appropriation made by Congress. Assistance is available until funds are depleted.

Families and individuals must apply Albemarle County’s Department of Social Services, located at 1600 5th Street, or online via CommonHelp by August 15. Visit the ACDSS website for more information. /department.asp?department=dss&relpage=3815


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