Thursday, February 23, 2012
Contact: Megan Gilliland, communications manager, (785) 832-3406
Thirty households receive assistance with weatherization funding
(Lawrence, Kan.) – The City of Lawrence’s Development Services division recently completed the 2011 weatherization grant program. Thirty households received assistance through the program which provides funding for weatherization projects including weather-stripping, increased insulation and storm window installation. The total cost for the 2011 program was $33,654.44 and was funded through the city’s allocation of Community Development Block Grants from Housing and Urban Development (HUD).
The city’s weatherization program provided:
· Weather-stripping for 23 homes
· Added attic insulation in 27 homes to provide an R-38 insulation value
· 19 homes received new storm windows
· 30 homes received energy-saving compact florescent light bulbs
Homeowners received grants ranging from $157.45 to $2,362.77 based on needed improvements.
“The goal of the weatherization program is to help homeowners make their homes more comfortable and save many times the amount of money invested in energy savings over many years,” said Margene Swarts, assistant director of Planning and Development Services.
Homeowners were required to meet certain income eligibility requirements for the weatherization program. Once approved for funding City staff inspected each home to determine necessary improvements and then performed a walk through with private contractors regarding the various improvements.
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