County Announces Start of 2009 Cooling Assistance and Fan Care Programs

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

June 15, 2009

News Highlights

  • Cooling Assistance helps low-income households with a child under six, a household member with a disability, or an adult 60 or older. This program can help pay for cost of electricity to operate cooling equipment, repairs, fans.
  • Fan Care provides free fans and window unit air conditioners to low-income older residents, age 60+, to prevent heat-related health problems.
  • Applications are being taken now for both programs.

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

Cooling Assistance is a federally funded program that helps eligible low-income households in which at least one person is considered especially vulnerable to heat: a child under age six, an individual with a disability, or an adult age 60 or older. Cooling assistance funds can 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 the 2009 Cooling Assistance Program are being accepted starting Monday, June 15, through Monday, August 17.

For more information or an application form:

Go online to the Virginia Department of Social Services Web site:

Or call the Fairfax County Department of Family Services at 703-324-7604; TTY:703-222-9452

Or visit any of the following four Fairfax County DFS offices to pick up an application:

  • Fairfax: Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, 2nd floor
  • Falls Church: 6245 Leesburg Pike (Route 7), 2nd floor
  • Reston - Lake Anne Office Building, 11484 Washington Plaza West, 4th floor
  • Richmond Hwy/Alexandria - South County Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy (Rt. 1), 4th floor

The Fan Care Program

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, need a fan to prevent heat-related health problems, and meet income eligibility requirements. 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 June 1 and runs through the end of September 2009. For more information or 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. To request this information in an alternate format, call 703-324-7758; TTY 711, or by e-mail:


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