2008 Cooling Assistance and Fan Care Programs



Fairfax County Department of Family Services
12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 500
Fairfax, VA 22035-1102

June 11, 2008

County Announces Start of Cooling Assistance and
Fan Care Programs for 2008

Fairfax County residents who need help to keep their homes cool this summer and prevent a health emergency resulting from extreme heat may be able to get assistance from two programs locally administered by the county's Department of Family Services.

The Cooling Assistance program, a federally funded program, helps eligible low-income households with at least one person considered especially vulnerable to heat: a child under age six, a disabled individual, or an adult age 60 or older. Cooling assistance can be used to help with:

  • 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.
  • Purchase and installation of one window unit air conditioner for households where there is no unit or where the unit must be replaced.

Applications for this year’s Cooling Assistance Program will be accepted from Monday, June 16, through Friday, August 15.

For more information or an application form, visit the Virginia Department of Social Services Web site: www.dss.virginia.gov/benefit/ea/cooling/index.html or call the Fairfax County Department of Family Services at 703-324-7604; TTY:703-222-9452.

Applications can also be picked up at the county’s four DFS offices:

  • Fairfax - Pennino Building, 2nd floor, 12011 Government Center Parkway 703-324-7500, TTY 703-222-9452
  • Falls Church, 6245 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), Falls Church 703-533-5300, TTY 703-533-5316
  • Reston - Lake Anne Office Building, 11484 Washington Plaza West, Reston 703-787-4900, TTY 703-707-9346
  • Richmond Highway/Alexandria - South County Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy (Rt. 1) 703-704-6353; TTY 703-799-3435

The Fan Care program is another way to help older Fairfax area residents stay safe in the summer heat. This electric fan distribution program, sponsored by Dominion Virginia Power in partnership with the Virginia Department for the Aging, annually provides about 200 free fans and/or window air conditioners to eligible senior adults in the Fairfax area.

To qualify for Fan Care, a person must be at least 60 years old, have a combined yearly family income of no more than $15,600 for a household of one or $21,000 for a household of two, and need a fan to prevent heat-related health problems. Not everyone in the home needs to be an older adult to qualify for a fan, but all incomes must be counted. There is a limit of one fan per household.

The Fan Care program began on June 2 and runs through the end of September 2008. To request an application, call Kim Karlinchak in Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services – Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-7694, TTY 703-449-1186.


Fairfax County is committed to nondiscrimination on the basis of disability
in all county programs, services and activities.
Reasonable accommodations will be provided upon request.
For more information, or to request this information in an alternate format,
please call Belinda Buescher at
703-324-7758, TTY 703-222-9452.




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