County Announces Start of 2010 Cooling Assistance and Fan Care Programs



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

June 18, 2010

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 a limited number of 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.
  • For more information, see the Cooling Assistance and Fan Care page on the County's website.

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 2010 Cooling Assistance Program are being accepted now through Monday, August 16.

For more information or an application form:

Go online to the Virginia Department of Social Services website.

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 Highway/Alexandria: South County Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy (Rt. 1), 4th floor

For information about how to reach these locations using public transportation, visit www.fairfaxconnector.com 703-339-7200; TTY 703-339-1608 or www.wmata.com 202-637-7000; TTY 202-638-3780.

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 a limited number of 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 2010. 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: belinda.buescher@fairfaxcounty.gov.

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