Housing and Neighborhood Preservation Program Can Help Residents “Beat the Heat”

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Summer is in full swing. For households without air conditioning, high temperatures are uncomfortable and possibly dangerous. This is especially true for residents most at-risk of heat-related illnesses, such as those with heart conditions, asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The Virginia Beach Department of Housing and Neighborhood Preservation can help provide air conditioning to homeowners during the season through its Emergency Home Repair Program.


The program makes repairs or modifications to remove health or safety hazards more affordable for homeowners through a one-time-only grant. Now through September 30, eligible households with a written statement from a licensed physician stating that air conditioning is medically required for a household member, may have an air conditioning system installed where feasible, or defective equipment replaced under the program.


Other eligible activities include replacing defective heating equipment in the winter; correcting electrical, gas and plumbing hazards; correcting defective roof/ceiling assemblies in life-threatening situations; and making accessibility and usability modifications. The program is not intended for making routine maintenance repairs to systems or equipment.


Eligibility requirements and conditions apply. Assistance is provided based on the availability of funding. For more information, contact Housing Programs Coordinator Olin Walden at 385-5760 or visit www.VBgov.com/housing.