Guest editorial by Niagara Community Action Program Inc.
The Weatherization Assistance Program was created at the federal level in 1976 in response to a national energy crisis. Since its inception, it has continued to serve as the nation’s core program for delivering energy-efficient services to eligible households in every state in America, with priority given to the elderly, persons with disabilities, and households with children.
Niagara Community Action Program Inc. is the designated organization for providing weatherization services to qualified residents in Niagara County. Under contract with New York State Homes and Community Renewal, Niagara Community Action Program performs vital services such as the identification of eligible families, the evaluation of housing units to be weatherized, and the installation of energy-saving measures. Such measures include weather stripping, caulking around doors and windows, repairing broken windows and/or outside doors, insulating walls and ceilings, and addressing health and safety issues.
As the fall weather approaches, please note that weatherization helps families stay warm in the winter, cool in the summer, lowers their fuel bills, makes their homes more energy-efficient, and eases the energy demand across the nation. By reducing energy demand, we protect our environment and strengthen our economy.
For more information, please call Niagara Community Action Program at 716-285-9681.