2009-08-13 / General Stories

State Housing Agency Awards $2.1 Million in Federal Stimulus Weatherization Funds to Central Texas

Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs (TDHCA) expects to see increased jobs for Texans and increased affordability for homeowners through reduced energy demand.

Understanding the enormously positive and cost-effective impact weatherization can have on a home, the TDHCA has announced two major awards to a regional and local nonprofit organizations designed to generate a wide array of jobs that will help jump start the state's construction industry, while increasing home energy efficiency for low income households, reducing their cost burden, and creating a healthier environment.

TDHCA awarded $1.6 million in federal stimulus finding to Combined Community Action to weatherize the homes of low income residents living in Lee, Austin, Bastrop, Blanco, Caldwell, Colorado, Fayette, Fort Bend, Hays, and counties.

Additionally, Fort Bend Community Revitalization Projects received $500,000 to operate a weatherization program of its own at the local level.

These awards were part of a $288 million award made by the Department to 66 cities, counties, and eligible nonprofit organizations across the state to weatherize the homes of an estimated 40,000 low income Texans.

The awards were made through the Department's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) and were provided on a one-time basis to the state through the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009.

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