Virginia cooling assistance program

By Evrod Cassimy – bio | email

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) – As temperatures are predicted to be in the 90's for the next week, an air conditioned home is almost necessary.

"It feels like 120 degrees when you are outside or 140 degrees when you're inside!" said Richmond resident, Atoya Jenkins.

Thankfully, Virginia's Cooling Assistance Program is helping keep people's homes cool in the summer heat.

"It's a really important program," said Andrea Gregg with the Virginia Department of Social Services. "We know it's critical for households to keep their homes at comfortable and safe temperatures so the cooling program really is a vital program."

People we spoke with in Richmond's Churchill neighborhood are thankful for the help, funded by the federal government. Most were unaware such a program even existed.

"I am so happy because I don't know what I woulda did this summer," said Jenkins. "Our A/C went out day before yesterday before the kids graduation."

Qualifying is simple. For a single person household you must make less than $1,174 a month. A household of four, must bring in less than $2,389. The program will cover the cost of electric bills, security deposits for electricity, A/C repair, or fans and A/C units, something that's desperately needed as the temps continue to rise.

"We are on a budget you know? We can't afford a new air condition," said Jenkins.

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