Posted by CACLV (ycolonlopez) on Sep 26 2012
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The Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley was one of just two agencies nationwide to be featured in an event celebrating the millionth home weatherized with funding from the United States Department of Energy under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  DOE could pin the day the millionth home would be weatherized to Thursday, September 27, 2012; however, picking the actual home is not possible, since hundreds are weatherized each day in the United States.  CACLV was one of just two agencies featured by the National Association of State Community Services Programs and the Community Action Partnership, the national trade association for the more than 1,000 Community Action Agencies in the country.


The event took place at the home of Lee Ann and Andrew Garton, located at 4619 Route 309 in Schnecksville.  While Andrew Garton is currently unemployed, he expects to return to work in the next few weeks.  Lee Ann Garton, however, has multiple sclerosis and her employment options are limited; additionally, the family has not had health insurance during Andrew's stint without a job.  The Gartons have four children. Their 4-bedroom home, built in 1905, had no insulation. 


With DOE funding, CACLV's subcontractor blew a significant amount of insulation into the attic, floor and walls.  It also installed weatherstripping, caulking, door sweeps, and even replaced the old, energy-sapping refrigerator.   The Gartons also had knob and tube wiring replaced and some heating and ductwork done.  The total cost of the weatherization was $10,149.  CACLV hires small, local subcontractors to do the actual installation.  The contractor on this job was Sellair, Inc.  During the event, Sellair was blowing insulation into the attic, floors and walls.


Alicia Miller Karner, President of the Board of Directors of CACLV, made the following point:  "Weatherization is the kind of investment that pays dividends to society in so many ways.  It reduces our dependence on foreign sources of energy, it protects the environment by reducing the damage done by extracting resources from the ground and burning those resources, it creates jobs, it reduces the need for taxpayer-funded energy assistance and, most importantly, it saves families like the Gartons from the burden of bills they can't afford to pay, while improving the comfort of their home."


Alice Gaston, a program assistant with the National Association of Community Services Programs, which represents state administrators throughout the nation, said, "Since 2009, the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) has weatherized over a million home, over 760,000 with Recovery Act money alone. In Pennsylvania, agencies like the Community Action Committee of the Lehigh Valley weatherized almost 41,000 homes. Weatherization works, both for the households served and as a sound government investment."


Also speaking at the event was Donald Mathis, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Community Action Partnership. Standing beside the Garton's and their nine-month-old son, Aiden, Mathis said, "Because of this insulation, [Aiden's] winter will be safer, he will be healthier, and his brothers and sisters will be healthier."  Mathis used the opportunity to comment on Congressional threats to drastically reduce funding, saying that "behind every dollar cut, there are babies like Aiden, and families like this who are being helped by these programs every day."


CACLV has operated a weatherization program for 28 years.  In addition to funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the agency receives funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services through its Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, as well as through PPL, Metropolitan Edison and UGI.  The agency has weatherized more than 22,000 homes in six counties.  In 2012-13, the agency expects to weatherize another 830 homes occupied by income-eligible households.  



CONTACT:    Alan L. Jennings


National Event Celebrates

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