Applications Available for Community Housing Partners Weatherization Program

 

The Community Housing Partners Weatherization Program serving Virginia is accepting applications.  The program is available for both homeowners and renters.

The Weatherization Assistance Program provides funds for installation of energy-saving measures in residential homes to reduce the heating and cooling costs and to help ensure the health and safety of low-income families.

Priority is given to households that include elderly persons, individuals with disabilities and/or families with children.  Eligibility is based on income by household size.   There are income limits for the maximum amount that can be earned by the household in order to qualify. If a member of the household receives cash payments under Titles IV or XVI of the Social Security Act, they are eligible.

The work is provided at no cost to the approved income eligible household and an applicant must apply through the local agency serving the area in which they live.

Typical weatherization services include:

o Sealing air leaks with insulation, caulking, and weather-stripping;

o Installing ventilation fans;

o Repairing drafty duct systems;

o Repairing and replacing inefficient or unsafe heating and cooling systems;

o Installing energy efficient lighting

The Weatherization Assistance Program also checks for health and safety risks, including testing for carbon monoxide levels and installing fire alarms, where necessary.

Weatherization reduces energy costs for families by improving the efficiency of their homes, while also assessing and eliminating related health and safety issues.  The Community Housing Partners’ Weatherization program is designed to lower monthly fuel costs by making a home more fuel efficient, and to make homes safer and more comfortable at no cost to the client.

You can get more information at www.communityhousingpartners.org.   This is not a Department of Social Services program, but applications with attached verifications can be turned in to the Highland County Department of Social Services and the Department will forward them.  If assistance is needed in filling out the application, the Highland County Department of Social Services can help.  For more information and to obtain an application, you can reach the Highland County Department of Social Services at 540-468-2199 ext. 305.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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