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Madison County accepting applications for home weatherization program

The Madison County Community Development Office accepting applications to assist eligible homeowners and renters with the installation of energy saving measures.

“This is a program designed to help Madison County residents, particularly the elderly, disabled and those households with young children, stay comfortable and save money on energy costs,” said Madison County Board Chairman Alan Dunstan.

The energy saving measures are provided to qualified owner occupied applicants and renters, and include stopping air infiltration, by insulating attics and sidewalls to a specified “R” factor, caulking and weather-stripping, and sealing of by-passes. The program also includes the inspection of furnaces, air conditioners for health and safety and mechanical operation. If cost effective, a new furnace or air conditioner may be installed.

Renter applicants receive the same weatherization measures, but a 50 percent landlord contribution is required for all mechanical work as well as a $150 assessment fee.

Frank Miles, administrator of Madison County Community Development which administers the program, said now is the time to complete an application.

“The days of high temperatures and humidity are here, and it won’t be long before our area experiences the chill of autumn and cold winter weather. We hope homeowners and renters apply for the program now rather than waiting until they have a problem,” Miles said. “Because funds for this program are limited, we encourage qualified residents to make sure they submit an application as soon as possible to take advantage of this worthwhile program.”

Funding for the Madison County Weatherization Program is provided by the U.S. Department of Energy and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as well the State of Illinois.

Ccontact coordinator David Goodrich or program specialist Myrna Amisch at Madison County Community Development, (618) 692-8940 for more information.

Program Guidelines

To receive weatherization assistance, a family’s gross income must fall within the established guidelines.

FAMILY SIZE

150% ANNUAL INCOME

200% ANNUAL INCOME

1

$17,505

$23,340

2

$23,595

$31,460

3

$29,685

$39,580

4

$35,775

$47,700

4

$41,685

$55,820

6

$47,955

$63,940

7

$54,045

$72,060

8

$60,135

$80,180

Guidelines subject to change July 1, 2015

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