Four Corners Office for Resource Efficiency (4CORE) and Housing Solutions for the Southwest (HSSW) are the recipient of a $25,000 Special Projects grant from La Plata Electric Association (LPEA) for low income weatherization projects in 2012.
Tri-State Generation and Transmission will match the grant up to $20,000, and all funding will be used to weatherize homes for qualifying residents within LPEA’s service territory (Archuleta and La Plata counties).
“Our board of directors believes firmly in weatherization to help our members save energy and dollars,” said LPEA CEO, Greg Munro. “These funds were granted from Unclaimed Capital Credits, the patronage capital accrued for members who may have moved and we are unable to find. It was money due back to members, so our board always wants to use it to benefit the members. The monies do not come from our regular operating budget.”
The joint request is the result of ongoing collaboration and partnership between 4CORE and HSSW since 2009. HSSW has provided weatherization services in southwest Colorado in excess of 30 years, while 4CORE was formed in 2008 and brought the administration of weatherization back to the region from the HousingResourceCenter in Grand Junction in 2009 as a sub grantee to the Governor’s Energy Office.
Weatherization services provide energy saving measures to improve the quality of life, health and safety for residents, including insulation, air sealing, furnace upgrades, window and door replacement, and other efficiency upgrades. Improving low income housing through weatherization provides long-term energy and cost savings, enhances health, safety and property values for the region, and invests in local communities and future generations throughout southwest Colorado. Improving energy performance can not only cut utility bills by 30-percent, but many of the buildings are old and also pose serious health and safety risks for residents.
“4CORE and HSSW thank LPEA and Tri-State for their continued support of weatherization for low income housing,” said Gregg Dubit, executive director with 4CORE. “As federal funding has decreased for 4CORE weatherization projects in 2012, local support is critical.”
Marcy McKeon, with HSSW, echoed Dubit’s statement. “In addition to excess energy consumption and exorbitant costs, over 80-percent of the homes we audit for energy performance pose serious health and safety risks for residents, including gas leaks, carbon monoxide poisoning and fire hazards.”
Housing Solutions is a non-profit organization that has been helping residents of Southwest Colorado with housing challenges for 30 years. Housing Solutions currently operates multiple programs to help those in need. Programs include emergency homeless prevention, rental assistance, transitional housing, homeowner rehabilitation, weatherization and housing counseling in the areas of foreclosure prevention, reverse mortgages, pre-purchase and services for the homeless. Housing Solutions, over the last 30 years, has done energy efficiency upgrades on several thousand homes throughout the region with a highly-trained crew. The average energy cost savings for the weatherization projects is $485 per year. The organization is dedicated to providing these services to residents of all income levels in an effort to improve the quality and energy efficiency of homes and businesses and reduce our environmental impact. Residents who do not qualify as low income can contract Housing Solutions’ social enterprise division, WeatherCo, to perform energy saving upgrades. Proceeds from WeatherCo support Housing Solutions programs. Housing Solutions has helped more than 15,000 individuals and families in the five county area of southwest Colorado.
For more information about Housing Solutions, contact Executive Director Kim Welty at 259-1086, Ext. 32 or firstname.lastname@example.org.