The 2020 Annual Commonwealth of Virginia’s Cooling Assistance program administered by DSS began June 15, 2020 and runs through August 17, 2020.
Eligibility for this program is income driven and there is a required vulnerability component of the applying household: A child under 6 must be in the home or a person 60 years of age or older or a disabled individual; which is defined by being a recipient of Social Security Disability or Supplemental Security Income, both of which are received from the Social Security Administration. The state has an online portal for applicants to apply which is www.coverva.org/. Additionally, applicants may request a mailed application by calling Nelson County DSS at 434-263-7160 and subsequently returning the completed, signed application along with their electric bill. Beginning this year, previous Cooling applicants have undergone a preapproval process and need not do anything as they have already been approved. For further information, please contact Mark Travis, Benefits Supervisor at Nelson DSS, 434-263-7160 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.