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Virginia Beach’s summer cooling assistance program begins June 15. Here’s what you need to know

(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)
(WYDaily file/Courtesy of Unsplash)

The city’s Department of Human Services will begin accepting applications for the Cooling Assistance Program on June 15 until the program ends on Aug. 15. The program provides financial assistance for the purchase or repair of cooling equipment and/or payment of an electric bill to operate cooling equipment.

To be eligible, a household must contain at least one vulnerable individual who is:

  • Younger than 6 years old, or
  • older than 60 years old, or
  • disabled

In addition, households must:

  • Be in Virginia Beach.
  • Have a cooling expense responsibility.
  • Provide a copy of their current electric bill.
  • Not exceed earned and unearned income limits.

Applications can be completed online, by phone at 855-635-4370, or printed off the Human Services Financial Assistance webpage and left in the outside drop box at our main building at 3432 Virginia Beach Blvd.

Applications will be available online beginning June 15.

John Mangalonzo
John Mangalonzo ( is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.

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