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Weatherization Blitz Under Way

Monday, February 21, 2011

About $3 million in federal stimulus money is going to help families weatherize and insulate their homes in the metro Louisville area.

The Department of Housing and Family Services Weatherization Assistance Blitz at Memorial Auditorium allowed residents to apply for the funds on Monday morning.

The money is being used to help people repair broken windows and replace old appliances, among others things.

That's help applicants said they will gladly accept.

“I do real good with energy conservation, but I could use some help because it's drafty. I live in an older home and it's drafty. I could use the help,” said applicant Synthia Quinn.

Quinn said rising gas prices aren't helping her either.

Officials said the program is for low- to moderate-income families in the metro area.

A household of two people who make under $30,000 combined would qualify for assistance.

Depending on the need, those with the Department of Housing and Family Services said some households can get up to $5,000 from the program.

“It's really important to help these families who normally wouldn't be able to replace a water heater. One water heater could put you back for the whole year. A lot of people live paycheck to paycheck and this is a way for us to jump in and assist,” said Housing and Rehab manager Anna Shobe-Wallace.

The Department of Housing and Family services said they’ll extend the help as long as the money is available.

The Weatherization Assistance Blitz will take place at Memorial Auditorium on Fourth Street until 5 p.m. Monday. Residents who can’t make it out can call at 502-574-3107 for more information.

Applicants will need to provide:

  • Income documentation
  • Identification cards
  • Deed or title to their property
  • An LG&E Bill

To be eligible for weatherization assistance, residents must meet income guidelines. Participants who receive SSI or public assistance are automatically income eligible.
Income guidelines are determined as a maximum of 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines.

Household Size Poverty Guidelines
1 $21,660
2  $29,140
3  $36,620
4  $44,100
5  $51,580
6  $59,060
7  $66,540
8  $74,020

Applicants must also be a resident of the Jefferson County metro area.

Daniel Kemp