The North Dakota Department of Commerce announced on Tuesday, October 5 that its community services division has received more than $ 7.5 million in funding for heating and cooling repair programs for inclement weather and energy.
Community Services received more than $ 2.89 million for the US Department of Energy’s bloat assistance program, $ 2 million in home energy assistance program bloat funding at Low Income (LIHEAP) from the United States Department of Health and Human Services and $ 3 million in funding for the LIHEAP Emergency Furnace Repair and Replacement and Cooling Program.
The combination of funding received represents a 32% increase over the previous year.
“This year’s funding increase will allow us to expand our ability to serve the residents of North Dakota,” said Shawn Kessel, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Commissioner of Commerce. “Low-income households spend a much higher percentage of their income on energy. Weatherization and repairs to heating and cooling systems will allow the dollars saved to be used for other needs.
The Weatherization Assistance Program, led by Commerce and administered by local community action agencies, uses a variety of measures to increase the energy efficiency of homes while strengthening the health and safety of the home. The program is available to tenants and homeowners whether they live in mobile homes, traditional wood-frame houses or apartments. There is no charge for applicants. Renters must adhere to income guidelines and their landlord must adhere to other program requirements.
Eight community action agencies in North Dakota have weathered homes through the program since 1976. Since 2001, more than 12,500 homes have been fitted with energy conservation measures. These measures generally save each homeowner 25% of heating costs per year.
Individuals are eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program based on income criteria. Applicants for the LIHEAP Furnace and Cooling System Emergency Repair and Replacement Program must be fuel support customers. The weatherization assistance programs and LIHEAP are administered by community action agencies.
To apply for the Weatherization Assistance Program, contact a local community action agency or visit NDWAP.com.