VDSS Offers Cooling Assistance Program

In a press release from the Highland County office of the Virginia Department of Social Services, it was announced the 2019 Cooling Assistance Component of the Energy Assistance Program will begin accepting electronic applications for assistance on Saturday June 15th and paper applications will be processed beginning Monday, June 17, 2019.

The purpose of the Cooling Assistance Component is to assist eligible households with the cost of cooling their homes from June 15th through August 15th.  Eligible households must have a cooling expense, as well as a vulnerable household member, such as a child under six, an aged member over 60, or a legally disabled household member, as well as meeting other eligibility and financial criteria. The gross monthly income limit for a household of one is $1354, two household members is $1832, or four household members is $2790.

This program may be able to assist eligible households with the payment of an electric bill to operate cooling equipment, self-pickup of a portable fan, air conditioner purchase/installation, repair of central air conditioning unit or heat pump, a once per lifetime payment of electric security deposit, ceiling, attic, or whole house fan purchase/installation, repairs for ceiling, attic, or whole house fan, or self-pickup and installation of an air conditioner. Please note limitations may apply.

For more information about this assistance program please contact Malorie Brower at the Highland office at 540-468-2199, ext. 304.

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Scott Smith

Scott Smith is the General Manager for Allegheny Mountain Radio and Station Coordinator and News Reporter for WVLS. Scott’s family has deep roots in Highland County. While he did not grow up here, he spent as much time as possible on the family farm, and eventually moved to Highland to continue the tradition, which he still pursues with his cousin. Unfortunately, farming doesn’t pay all the bills, so he has previously taken other jobs to support his farming hobby, including pressman/writer for The Recorder, and Ag Projects Coordinator for The Highland Center. He lives in Hightown with wife Michelle and son Ethan. In his spare time, he wishes he had more spare time, especially to ride his prized Harley-Davidson motorcycle. scott@amrmail.org

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