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NYS Weatherization Assistance Program Update May, 2011. Low Income Forum on Energy 2011 Regional Meetings. HCR Homes and Community Renewal. Presented by HCR Staff Thomas Platten – New Paltz & Malta Michael Gorman – Lake Placid Daniel Grau – NYC Beth Ryan - Elmira

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NYS Weatherization Assistance Program UpdateMay, 2011

Low Income Forum on Energy 2011

Regional Meetings

May, 2011


HCR Homes and Community Renewal

Presented by HCR Staff

  • Thomas Platten – New Paltz & Malta

  • Michael Gorman – Lake Placid

  • Daniel Grau – NYC

  • Beth Ryan - Elmira

  • Daniel Buyer - Rochester

May, 2011


Weatherization Assistance Program

What I will cover:

  • Background and brief history

  • American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

  • ARRA Update on units served

  • What’s next for Weatherization???

May, 2011


Background - Program Mission

“To reduce heating and cooling costs

for low-income families, particularly the

elderly, persons with disabilities, and

children, by improving the energy

efficiency of their homes and ensuring

their health and safety.”

May, 2011


Weatherization History

  • Conceived during the 1973 oil embargo;

  • Established in New York in 1977;

  • Traditionally funded from two Federal sources:

    • US Departments of Energy and Health and Human Services

    • Suballocation of LIHEAP funds is through OTDA

    • History of wide fluctuations in funding

May, 2011


Recent History

  • In 2009, $98.7 million was distributed, more than 15,000 units have been weatherized

  • In 2010, $70 million was distributed, more than 13,000 will have been weatherized by June 2011

  • Recovery Act has provided $395 million, enough to weatherize 55,000 + households in 2009-2011

  • 2011, to be determined

May, 2011


American Recovery & Reinvestment Act (ARRA)

  • $5 billion for Weatherization nationally - $394 million to NYS (largest in the nation)

  • Average cost-per-unit limit raised from $4,500 to $6,500

  • Funding July1, 2009 through September 30, 2011

  • Eligibility remains at 60% of state median income

  • Other Requirements – MBE/WBE, SHPO, Lead Paint rules, etc.

May, 2011


ARRA cont’d

  • ARRA imposed new labor rules (Davis Bacon)

  • Significant increase in training resources

    • NYSWDA and AEA training centers,

    • Four regional pressure houses under construction

  • Increased reporting and accountability rules

  • Six independent audits and reviews have been conducted thus far…

  • Stimulus funds are in every community

May, 2011


For Landlords/Owners of Rental Units

  • With some exceptions, tenants must income certify; at least 50% must be income eligible

  • 25% Owner Investment required*

  • More flexible for small (1-4) unit buildings

  • No investment required for subsidized properties, defined as those qualifying for 581-a.

  • Investment may still be required to achieve required SIR (i.e. windows)

  • WAP $ is not Gap $!

May, 2011


ARRA Progress To Date

After18 months (as of 4/20/11):

  • 20,833 units completed;

  • 23,738 under construction ;

  • 10,000+ units with energy audits completed and poised to begin construction.

May, 2011


ARRA Progress cont’d

  • 44,571 of the 45,000 unit ARRA goal are completed or in progress

  • Yes, New York will exceed the unit goal for

    US DOE

  • 1,150 Jobs have been created with ARRA $

  • $202 million of ARRA funds expended

May, 2011


Typical Weatherization Director’s Day

May, 2011


What’s next for Weatherization

  • Post ARRA DOE funding is up in the air

  • For 2011, perception by some that WAP is awash in ARRA $$

  • ARRA ends in New York no later than Dec. 2011

  • Other possible funding sources for WAP

    • Green Jobs/Green NY

    • SBC / NYSERDA programs, i.e.Empower, MPP

    • Utility SBC programs

    • Fee for service

May, 2011


Weatherization Works!

Please Visit

www.nyshcr.org

or call 1-800-ASK-DHCR

May, 2011


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