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Home energy help available for eligible residents

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency is accepting applications for the federally backed Weatherization Assistance Program, officials announced Tuesday.

The program, which is funded through a block grant distributed by the Tennessee Housing Development Agency, is designed to help low-income families and those on fixed incomes reduce their energy bills by making homes more energy efficient.

Officials with the Mid-Cumberland Community Action Agency will oversee the process of improving the energy efficiency of homes by correcting air flow and and insulation problems, as well as other issues that lead to unnecessary energy usage and higher utility bills.

By implementing weatherization measures, the amount of energy used to heat and cool a home is reduced, thereby lowering energy bills and leaving low-income residents with more disposable income for other needs.

The organization is currently accepting applications for the Weatherization Assistance Program in all seven service counties: Cheatham, Robertson, Rutherford, Sumner, Trousdale, Williamson and Wilson.

A person does not need to be a homeowner in order to qualify for assistance, according to a press release.

However, officials said, residents must obtain permission from the property owner beforehand.

According to federal guidelines, the program is managed through a point-based program, with those exhibiting the greatest need receiving the highest number of points.

Applicants must meet federal income guidelines in order to be considered for service. In addition, if a home has previously been weatherized, 1994 or later, the home is not eligible for the Weatherization Assistance Program.

For more information about the program or to obtain an application, contact coordinator Andrea Stanley at 615-742-1113, ext. 2030

Murfreesboro Post