Friday, January 27, 2023

‘Beat the heat’ with this program, but you have to be eligible

VIRGINIA BEACH — For households without air conditioning, high temperatures are uncomfortable and possibly dangerous.

Heat-related illnesses pose a greater risk for residents who have other health conditions such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and any type of heart condition, according to a news release from the city.

Virginia Beach Housing and Neighborhood Preservation can help eligible homeowners repair or replace defective HVAC equipment through its Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program.

The program provides loans and grants to low- and moderate-income homeowners for emergency home repairs to remove health and safety hazards, exterior home repairs and correcting exterior code violations.

Now through Sept. 30, eligible households with a written statement from a doctor stating that air conditioning is medically required for a household member, may have their defective air conditioning equipment repaired or replaced under the program. The program applies to equipment that is part of an existing central heating and/or air conditioning system.

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Other eligible activities include correcting electrical, gas and plumbing hazards; correcting defective roof/ceiling assemblies; and making accessibility and usability modifications. The program is not intended for making routine maintenance repairs to systems or equipment, officials said.

Assistance is provided based on the availability of funding to Virginia Beach homeowners who meet income and other eligibility requirements.

Program details can be found here.

For further information, call Jill Rinaldo at 757-385-5834 or Frank D’Angelo at 757-385-5743.

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