The Federal Cooling Assistance program will be available again this year for those who qualify.
The program is designed to help people with the cooling of their homes if they cannot otherwise afford to do so.
The program runs from June 15 to August 15 and also covers the installation of window air conditioner units in homes that currently don’t have one.
The program is designed for seniors over 60 or households that have children under the age of 6 or people on Social Security Disability in the state of Virginia.
According to Lisa Butler of Northumberland County Social Services, approximately 800 residents qualified for the heating and cooling program offered by Social Services.
The latest statistics show that approximately 14 percent of Northumberland County residents live in poverty.
“If somebody finds themselves in an economic crisis, they first need to contact the local Department of Social Services first to see what resources we have available for them. There are many resources available and they shouldn’t just think that’s there’s no help out there for them.
Sometimes we just have to connect the right person with that resource,” said Butler. “It’s better for people to submit an application before just deciding that they’re not eligible. I have had people come in and say that their neighbor down the street says they wouldn’t qualify for assistance but it turned out they did qualify.
For the full article pick up a copy of this weeks Northumberland Echo 6/13/18