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Virginia Social Services to provide cooling assistance to residents

To help residents in need, the Virginia Department of Social Services is offering the Energy Assistance Program to eligible citizens. (WYDaily/Courtesy of James City County)
To help residents in need, the Virginia Department of Social Services is offering the Energy Assistance Program to eligible citizens. (WYDaily/Courtesy of James City County)

Summer weather is here in Virginia, and that means finding ways to keep the house cool.

To help residents in need, the Virginia Department of Social Services is offering its Energy Assistance Program to eligible citizens, James City County said.

The program includes cooling assistance, which can help cover equipment repairs or purchases, as well as payments on electric bills.

Those are eligible for assistance must be residents in need of cooling equipment and have a person who is elderly, disabled or under 6 years old in the home. Households must also be within a certain monthly income range.

Program services are available from June 15 to Aug. 15. All benefits are provided based on the availability of funding.

To find out if you qualify for assistance, visit the Virginia CommonHelp website.

Those interested in the program can apply online, by calling the Enterprise Customer Service Center at 855-635-4370, or by visiting their local department of social services. The James City County Department of Social Services is located at 5249 Olde Towne Road.

Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing
Sarah Fearing is the Assistant Editor at WYDaily. Sarah was born in the state of Maine, grew up along the coast, and attended college at the University of Maine at Orono. Sarah left Maine in October 2015 when she was offered a job at a newspaper in West Point, Va. Courts, crime, public safety and civil rights are among Sarah’s favorite topics to cover. She currently covers those topics in Williamsburg, James City County and York County. Sarah has been recognized by other news organizations, state agencies and civic groups for her coverage of a failing fire-rescue system, an aging agriculture industry and lack of oversight in horse rescue groups. In her free time, Sarah enjoys lazing around with her two cats, Salazar and Ruth, drinking copious amounts of coffee and driving places in her white truck.

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