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Weatherization program continues to improve low-income homes

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Families who already have a hard time making ends meet may not get much additional help from the city.

According to Rockford's weatherization coordinator, they'll lose 60% of the funding for the program next year.  But that doesn't mean the 30-year project will stop.

"We will still have some funds available."

Spending cuts aren't the only elements contractors fight.

"Just time, weather," said Rockford's weatherization coordinator, Pete Fuller.

Mother nature makes it difficult for crews to get projects done.
   
What's not difficult, is know if you qualify.  Eligibility is determined by a few factors:

Households who get the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program qualify, as do households where a person is receiving Supplemental Security Income, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or Aid to Aged, Blind and Disabled.

If a household's combined income is below 200% of the poverty level, they also qualify.

"Most people are pretty grateful.  They do see a huge impact on their energy costs, the reduction in their heating bills.  Also will help in the Summer with their cooling and electric bills as well," said Fuller.  "It will reduce the heat loss dramatically in each home that we do."

The City of Rockford has been using a technique for the past four years that not only keeps a consistent climate inside the home, it also limits visible work done on the outside.

"They'll remove the siding from each level.  Roughly from the first story, they'll remove a layer," said Fuller.  "Then they'll go above the windows and work their way up to the second floor.  You can't tell if the house has been insulated or not because there's no visible sign of holes being drilled."

For more information on the weatherization program, check out http://www.rockfordil.gov/human-services/community-neighborhood-programs/weatherization-lead.aspx

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