Beat the heat in Virginia Beach with this program. Here’s how

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(Southside Daily file/Courtesy of Pixabay)

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

But there’s help out there – now through Sept. 30, Virginia Beach Housing & Neighborhood Preservation can help eligible homeowners replace defective HVAC equipment through its Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program.

The Owner-Occupied Rehabilitation Program helps make home rehabilitation and repairs more affordable for low- and moderate-income households who own and live in their home in Virginia Beach, officials said.

Loans and grants are provided in order to remove health and safety hazards, make exterior home repairs and correct exterior code violations.

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.

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

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