Comprehensive Community Solutions receives grant

Staff Report

Rockford’s Comprehensive Community Solutions (CCS) has received a $1 million grant to be used to provide residential weatherization services to eligible homeowners.

Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO), through the Office of Urban Assistance, is providing the funding for residential weatherization services to eligible homeowners across the state as part of the second phase of the Urban Weatherization Initiative (UWI). UWI is the nation’s first state-funded weatherization program and one of the largest job-creation initiatives to date for urban communities in Illinois.

CCS’s $1 million in grant funding will be used to provide weatherization services to residents in the Rockford area. This is CCS’s second grant under this program.

The UWI will also stimulate local economies by utilizing local suppliers, distributors and/or manufacturers of equipment and supplies necessary for weatherization work.

The funds will allow approximately 65 homes per year for two years to receive needed energy efficiency upgrades. Weatherization activities include repair/replacement of inefficient heating or cooling units, addressing air infiltration issues (i.e., weather-stripping, caulking, window/door replacement), pipe, duct insulation and repair/replacement of water heaters.

Recipients may receive a maximum benefit of up to $6,500 (per unit). However, for eligible households, this program can be coupled with the $6,500 maximum benefit available through the existing Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP), equaling a potential weatherization benefit of $13,000 per unit.

Kerry Knodle, executive director/CEO of CCS, said: “We are proud to be at the forefront of this important green initiative. In particular, we have been able to add four new jobs, including for those who recently graduated from our Weatherization Specialist training. In addition, this initiative will benefit our community in the improvement of energy efficiency and lowering utility costs for residents.”

For more about the program or to apply, contact Donna Barnette at Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc., at (815) 963-6236. CCS is at 917 S. Main St., Rockford, and online at www.youthbuildrockford.org.

From the Feb. 4-10, 2015, issue

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