Community Action gets $12 million in stimulus funds to weatherize over 1700 homes

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Community Action gets $12 million in stimulus funds to weatherize over 1700 homes

Creating jobs, cutting energy costs for working people and improving the economy

Twin Cities (July 1, 2009) – Community Action Partnership of Ramsey & Washington Counties (Community Action) is posed to infuse over $12 million dollars into the local Ramsey & Washington area economy.  As the largest and most experienced Community Action Energy Conservation department in the state, the agency will receive $12,433,145 in stimulus funds for weatherization work on homes to be completed by September 30, 2010.  Up to 1,726 homes will receive weatherization services including furnace repair/replacement, attic, wall and foundation insulation, and perform safety inspections – all with the goal of reducing fuel costs an average of 20-25%.

“For thirty years, Community Action has been at the forefront of energy conservation in Washington and Ramsey Counties”, said Clarence Hightower, Community Action Executive Director. “We are ramped up and ready to reduce fuel costs for those in need, provide jobs and do it using environmentally friendly materials.”  Because of the stimulus funding, Community Action has hired an additional 18 people as well as increased their partnerships with an additional 23 mechanical crews to get the job done.

“The work will take a huge bite out of our waiting list of 3,500 people who need weatherization”, said Cynthia Webster, Director of Energy Conservation Programs. Webster added that they’ve seen weatherization reduce utility bills by as much as $160 to $450 per heating season (six months). “That’s money that can help with a lot of other things, especially at this time when budgets are tight.”  In addition to helping the environment by lowering energy use, Community Action puts a premium on providing green services as part of its work. Crews use cellulose insulation and recycle all building parts. Plus they use the latest diagnostic tools, such as blower doors, infrared camera, and furnace testing instruments to verify the effectiveness of the work.

To apply for Community Action’s Energy Assistance program in Ramsey & Washington Counties, call 651.645.6470. For weatherization services, call 651.482.8260.