Allegheny County and the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency hope to improve energy efficiency in 200 low-income households through a program announced this morning.
The program, called the Energy Efficiency Foreclosure Prevention Initiative, also will provide financial counseling. The goal is to reduce energy costs to help people remain in their homes.
Brian A. Hudson Sr., executive director of the PHFA, said the program is based on a similar one that began in Philadelphia last year.
Locally about $1 million will be available to help about 200 families.
Working through Action Housing Inc., letters have been sent to 1,500 potential beneficiaries of the program and about 450 have been prequalified financially.
The program is open to those with income at 200 percent of the poverty level, $30,260 for families of one or two people and $46,100 for a family of four.
Officials said the home repairs will involve such items as new furnaces and windows at a cost of about $5,000 per home.
Improvements should be finished by next winter.
Utilities Columbia Gas, Equitable Gas, Peoples Natural Gas and Duquesne Light are contributing financially to the program.
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