Cooling Assistance and Fan Care Programs

Fairfax County residents (and residents of the cities of Fairfax and Falls Church) who need help to keep their homes cool this summer and to 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

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 person with a disability, 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 the Cooling Assistance Program will be accepted from June 15 through August 15.

Apply Online - or -

For more information or an application form, visit the Virginia Department of Social Services Cooling Assistance page. Then complete the application and mail it along with a copy of your current electric bill and a pay stub to:

Fairfax County Department of Family Service - Lake Anne Building
11484 Washington Plaza West
4th floor
Reston, VA 20190

You may also request an application by calling 703-787-3100; TTY: 711 or pick one up at any of the county’s DFS offices:

  • Annandale - Heritage Center, West Wing, 7611 Little River Turnpike, 5th Floor, Annandale
  • Fairfax - Pennino Building, 12011 Government Center Parkway, Suite 232, Fairfax
  • Reston - Lake Anne Office Building, 11484 Washington Plaza West, 4th floor, Reston
  • Richmond Highway/Alexandria - South County Center, 8350 Richmond Hwy (Route 1), 4th floor, Alexandria

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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 begins on June 1 and runs through the end of September. To request an application, call the Fairfax County’s Department of Family Services – Fairfax Area Agency on Aging at 703-324-7694, TTY 703-449-1186.

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