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Weatherization help gets 6-month extension

Friday, March 16, 2012

The Berks Community Action Program has received a six-month extension of its three-year federally funded weatherization program to make energy-saving improvements to as many homes as it can.

Lawrence A. Berringer, deputy director of programs and operations, said the agency's initial goal was to weatherize 660 homes by March 30.

"Instead, I estimate we'll do in excess of 800 homes by Sept. 30, the end of the federal fiscal year," he said.

Over 20 years, BCAP has weatherized more than 4,000 Berks homes.

Berringer said the program employs private contractors who install energy saving devices to lower the cost of heating for low-income residents.

The devices include weather-stripping, glass replacement, insulation, and furnace tune-ups and repairs.

There is no charge for the improvements.

But those eligible have to have a gross annual household income for the past year of $21,660 or below for one person, or $74,020 for eight people.

Each additional person adds $7,480, he said.

In other business Tuesday, the BCAP board learned that funding for this year's federal Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program heating season will go until April 18.

Berringer said anybody who needs money for heating or assistance in repairing heating systems can still sign up by contacting the County Assistance Office at 610-736-4211.

Also, if people need crisis fuel assistance and haven't already received it under LIHEAP, they should call the same office and request their crisis allocation, he said.

Reading, Pennsylvania
Valdis I. Lacis