Community Action Human Resources Agency to assist homeowners to weatherize homes

Community Action Human Resources Agency has funding to assist eligible low-income homeowners in Pinal County with weatherization, Mary Lou Rosales, executive director, said in a press release.
Under the weatherization program, improvements are made by CAHRA to help reduce energy consumption and energy costs, Ms. Rosales said. A thorough assessment of the eligible home is performed including diagnostic and blower door testing to determine where the house is losing energy and what can be done to stop the loss.
The auditor will also assess health and safety issues that might exist in the home. A test to determine carbon monoxide leakage is also done.
Minor repairs are made to make the home safer, more sound and secure. Families are counseled as to changes in their energy-use habits, which will complement the work done on the homes and help promote the conservation of energy. The efficiency upgrades could help the home save 5 percent to 30 percent on the family’s energy bill, according to the release.
Based on the home assessment, weatherization repairs may include repair or replacement of old cooling and heating systems, repair or replacement of leaky ductwork, replacement of old or inefficient refrigerators and the addition of sunscreens to sun struck windows. Staff may also be able to assist homeowners with the repair or replacement of inefficient or non operable appliances and water heaters.
Homes needing larger repairs such as roofing, ceilings, floors, window or door replacement, plumbing, electrical or major rehabilitation may not be eligible for the program.
Funding for minor home repairs and appliances is provided by Utility, Repair, Replacement and Deposit funds through Arizona Community Action Agency.
Eligibility includes: 1) household must be low income; 2) the home must be owned by the applicant or be in process of purchasing; and 3) the applicant must have lived in the home for least 12 months, according to the release.
An application must be completed and verification of income, home ownership and other documents must be provided.
The weatherization program is not an emergency home-repair program; applicants may be placed on a waiting list, Ms. Rosales said.
For an application or for information, call the CAHRA office at 520-466-1112 or toll-free at 877-472-2472. Applicants may also write to 109 N Sunshine Blvd., Eloy AZ 85131, ATTN: Weatherization Program.

The Queen Creek Independent is mailed each month to 35,000 homes.

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