The Area Committee to Improve Opportunities Now Inc. (ACTION Inc.) recently announced the launch of the Georgia Weatherization Assistance Program after receiving a $5.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).
Funding will provide weatherization services, free of charge, for eligible applicants currently living in residential and multi-family homes in a ten-county area of northeast Georgia, which includes Madison County, until March 2012.
“With the funding we have received, we expect to complete approximately 750 weatherization projects for those living in the designated counties,” said John Scoggins, executive director of ACTION. “In addition, the grant will create many sub-contracting jobs in our area over the next two and a half years.”
Scoggins said last week that ACTION plans to use local contractors and local suppliers for the work in each of the counties.
Funding for the weatherization project has been allocated by the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) for Madison, Clarke, Barrow, Elbert, Greene, Jackson, Morgan, Oconee, Oglethorpe and Walton counties.
The Georgia Weatherization Assistance Program’s mission is to reduce the consumption of energy and the cost of utility bills while providing a safe, improved environment and enhanced quality of life for area residents, according to a press release. Funding will provide eligible applicants with repairs and housing improvement services that include: attic, sidewall and sub-floor insulation; air leakage and convection; duct work; attic and crawlspace ventilation; appliance assessment and replacement and health and safety repairs.
Madison County has been allotted $343,849 for weatherization projects.
For more information about the Georgia Weatherization Assistance Program, contact ACTION Inc. at 706-546-8293, ext. 22 or visit the website at www.actionincorporated.org.