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This is the latest news from SCCAP. For more information, please contact Doug Wilson, Director of Communications and Development at doug@insccap.org.

Energy Efficiency Improvements Available for Low-Income Households

SCCAP has depleted its waiting list of applications for weatherization in Monroe County after completing 169 homes with federal stimulus dollars. The organization also weatherizes homes in Brown, Morgan and Owen counties, but has hundreds of people on its waiting lists in those counties.

The Weatherization Program reduces energy consumption in low-income households and insures that each client has a safe, operating heat source. Each client receives a furnace inspection and an energy audit. SCCAP uses private contractors to repair or replace heat sources, install insulation and seal the homes. Homeowners and renters are eligible.

“We encourage families in Monroe County to apply right away,” SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare said. “The Weatherization Program allows households to reduce their utility bills at no cost to them while being safer and more comfortable in their homes. On average, across the nation, it reduces energy costs by $437 per household each year.”

To be eligible to have your owner-occupied or rental home weatherized, your household income must not exceed 200 percent of federal poverty guidelines. The income limits by family size are:
1 person in household – up to $21,660
2 people – $29,140
3 people – $36,620
4 people – $44,100
5 people – $51,580
6 people – $59,060
7 people – $66,540
8 people – $74,020

For apartment buildings to be weatherized, two-thirds of the occupants must be eligible for the program and all units in the building must be weatherized. To apply, call 812-339-3447, ext. 228 or 275.

SCCAP was awarded $1,729,957 to make energy efficiency improvements to serve 275 homes in Brown, Monroe and Owen counties in Indiana’s second round of weatherization stimulus funding from June 1, 2010 through May 31, 2011. That funding is part of $5 billion that has been invested in the Weatherization Program during the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act period.

Nationally, it is expected that more than 650,000 homes will be weatherized during the ARRA period from 2009 through 2011. It is estimated, according to the U.S. Department of Energy, that weatherized homes will save $2.1 billion for low-income families and save 53 metric tons of CO2 emissions per house.

SCCAP is a nonprofit organization that provides opportunities for low-income citizens to move toward personal and economic independence. Its programs include: Affordable Rental Housing, the Circles® Initiative, Energy Assistance, Family Development, Head Start, Individual Development Accounts, Section 8 Housing and Weatherization.