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City of Kansas City, Mo.
CONTACT: City Communications Office, 816-513-1349
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 27, 2010
City requests additional Home Weatherization Program funding
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Housing and Community Development Department has submitted a request for additional American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for the City’s Home Weatherization Program. The submission was based on the Home Weatherization Program exceeding the minimum criteria to receive additional funding.
The City has completed 404 homes and currently has 401 homes on an active waiting list.
With additional funding in the range of $3.5 million, the City anticipates, it may be able to assist more than 500 homeowners with energy conservation measures. The program assists with air sealing, wall and attic insulation, mechanical systems analysis, compact florescent light bulbs, energy star refrigerators, and health and safety items such as smoke and carbon dioxide detectors.
“This is a great example of the City’s American Recovery and Reinvestment Act dollars not only working, but exceeding expectations, creating jobs and reducing the impact of energy production on our sensitive climate,” said Councilwoman Sharon Sanders Brooks, 3rd District and Chairwoman of the Housing Committee.
The minimum benchmark established by the Department of Natural Resources is to be five homes ahead of projected schedule and to have spent a minimum of ninety-five percent of the projected funding as of June 30, 2010. The program is currently two months ahead of its projected schedule.
“These additional stimulus dollars are doing exactly what they were intended to do. The contractor work force has grown from 20 to 28 contractor and growth continues,” Division Manager Bob Jackson, said.
If approved, additional funding may be available by July 2010, with all performance funding awarded by Sept. 15, 2010. All funds must be spent by March 31, 2012.
To view qualifications for this program or apply for the Home Weatherization Program, visit www.kcmo.org/wx or call 816-513-3025.
Media inquiries should be directed to Bob Jackson, manager of the Property Preservation Division, 816-513-3025.