FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
10/15/2009
Ashley Cross 312-814-3158
Marcelyn Love 217-558-1542

 Governor Quinn Announces Availability of Recovery Funds for Low-Income Home Weatherization Efforts

Approximately $242 Million in Additional Funding Available

CHICAGO- October 15, 2009. Governor Pat Quinn today announced that approximately $242 million in additional Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP) funding is available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) to assist with low-income home weatherization efforts over the next two years.

�This funding makes it possible for even more people to get assistance through the Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program,� Governor Quinn said. �Individuals can now get the services they need to stay safe and warm this winter at no additional charge while reducing the cost of their home energy bills.�

IHWAP reduces heating and cooling costs for low-income families by improving the energy efficiency of their homes. Measures may include: weather-stripping and caulking; insulating attics and walls; furnace work; repairing windows and doors; and replacing windows, if needed.

Governor Quinn signed legislation last summer increasing eligibility for the program. The following reflects the new eligibility criteria: a person making $21,660 or less; a family of two making $29,140 or less; a family of three making $36,620 or less; or a family of four making $44,100 or less. Priority is given to households with high heating bills in relation to income, and households containing elderly members, persons with a disability or young children.

Weatherization assistance applications are processed through a network of 35 local administering agencies. People interested in applying to have their home weatherized can visit WeatherizationIllinois.com or call 877-411-9276 for more information.