Home Cooling assistance available to eligible senior citizens beginning today

Cooling assistance available to eligible senior citizens beginning today

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As warmer weather arrives, homes without air conditioning may get hot, and that can be especially detrimental to the health of senior citizens.

If you are age 60 or older and in need of help cooling your home, the Senior Cool Care program may be able to assist you.

Valley Program for Aging Services is accepting applications for individuals who need a single-room air conditioner or a fan.

A limited number of air conditioners and fans are available.

To qualify for the program, individuals must:

  • Be 60 years of age or older
  • Live in Staunton, Augusta County or Waynesboro
  • Have a monthly income of no more than $1,882 (single) or $2,556 (couple)

Individuals that have central air conditioning in their home will only be eligible to receive a fan.

The program, sponsored by Dominion Energy, runs now through Oct. 31, while supplies last.

Those interested in applying should contact the local VPAS office at (540) 949-7141.

Crystal Graham

Crystal Graham

Crystal Abbe Graham is the regional editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1999 graduate of Virginia Tech, she has worked for nearly 25 years as a reporter and editor for several Virginia publications, written a book, and garnered more than a dozen Virginia Press Association awards for writing and graphic design. She was the co-host of "Viewpoints," a weekly TV news show, and co-host of Virginia Tonight, a nightly TV news show. Her work on "Virginia Tonight" earned her a national Telly award for excellence in television.