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Federal funding could expand Washtenaw County's weatherization program

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141009-N-PX557-005 BRISTOL, R.I. (Oct. 9, 2014) Fire Controlman 2nd Class Ken Adamcyk and Operations Specialist 2nd Class Christopher Lighten, both assigned to U.S. Naval War College (NWC) in Newport, Rhode Island, caulk a window during a community relations project at the Rhode Island Veterans Home in Bristol, Rhode Island. Sailors assigned to NWC currently volunteer at Rhode Island Veterans Home to restore and rehabilitate spaces located on the 110-acre complex on Mount Hope Bay. The home provides quality nursing and residential care to Rhode Island war veterans as well as services for the veterans families. (U.S. Navy photo by Chief Mass Communication Specialist James E. Foehl/Released)

The effort to weatherize homes in Washtenaw County could get a significant financial boost.

The county’s Weatherization Assistance Program gives low-income residents the chance to make their homes more energy efficient. This includes providing new insulation, inspecting and repairing major appliances, and weather stripping around doors and attics.

At tonight’s Board of Commissioners meeting, there will be a vote on a resolution to instruct the county’s Office for Community and Economic Development to apply for an $809,000 federal grant.

District 5 commissioner Justin Hodge says this would dramatically scale up the program.

“That will allow us to go from serving dozens of households per year to possibly hundreds of households per year.”

This will add to the $1.4 million in funding the board already committed to the program back in May. The resolution’s first reading is expected to pass at tonight’s meeting.

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Josh Hakala is the general assignment reporter for the WEMU news department.
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