Wednesday December 23, 2009
Yarmuth, Abramson tour construction work
Hershel Fugett lives in an older home that is difficult — and expensive — to heat during winter. But, thanks to federal stimulus dollars, he’s getting insulation and other improvements that will make his house much more efficient and will reduce his heating bill, which averages $200 to $300.
Fugett is one of 300 homeowners in Louisville benefitting from $1.7 million in federal stimulus dollars to improve the homes of low and moderate-income families.
Congressman John Yarmuth and Mayor Jerry Abramson today toured Fugett’s home, in the Algonquin area, and watched as a private contractor blew insulation into the attic.
“This program is beneficial for several reasons,” Abramson said. “It means lower energy bills for families and energy saved, it improves people’s lives, and it creates jobs.”
The federal government, through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, dedicated money to help improve the efficiency of homes nationwide.
“The Recovery Act weatherization funding will not only keep more Louisville families warm this winter while cutting their energy costs, it will also create jobs by putting more contractors and their crews to work throughout our community,” Yarmuth said.
Louisville Metro Government has received $1.7 million this year and expects to receive more next year. Work on the 300 homes is being contracted to private insulation and energy companies, which help create jobs, Abramson said.
Families are eligible for the program if they make no more than 150 percent of the federal poverty line which, for a family of four, is $31,800. Families interested in applying to winterize their home should contact the city’s Housing and Family Services at 574-3107.