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Kansas weatherization assistance program information

As a result of the federal government stimulus plan, the Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program will receive almost $60 million in federal Recovery Act funds. The money will be provided by the U.S. Department of Energy over a three-year period.

In August, the first home in Kansas to benefit from the weatherization program was completed, at it received the installation of new energy-efficient appliances Tuesday. There was no cost to the homeowner. The person received a free central air unit , furnace, and refrigerator, all of which will go a long way towards helping the person lower their utility bills.

The expansion of Kansas’s Weatherization Assistance Program is now underway, and it is relying heavily on funds and resources from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The increased size of the program funding will help lower the utility bills of many Kansas families, and it will be a lifesaver for many low-income residents who need to save on their monthly utility bills, especially during these difficult economic times.

If you are interested in applying for help, the Kansas Housing Resources Corporation is distributing the funds to the state’s wide ranging network of weatherization providers, which include community action agencies and various charities, as well as local governments. 

Background on the program is that weatherization services were created to help thousands of low and moderate income families across the state by providing up to $6,500 in free weatherization-related services such as insulation, air infiltration reduction, lighting retrofits, hot water system improvements, and furnace improvements and repairs.

There are some criteria to be eligible for aid. Households need to have a household income of less than 200% of the federal poverty level or less than 75% of the state median income, whichever is higher, and these people will be eligible to apply for weatherization assistance. The program is focused on helping low income families, the elderly, families with children, and the disabled.





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