Recovery Act Funding to Weatherize Minnesota Homes
(From Office of Congressman Jim Oberstar)
Washington DC – Thousands of Minnesota families will be warmer this winter and see savings in their heating bills because of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). Today, Congressman Jim Oberstar announced that the Minnesota Department of Commerce will receive $52.7 million to weatherize 16,800 homes this year.
As chairman of the Northeast-Midwest Coalition, a congressional caucus representing states from New England to the Great Lakes, Oberstar has been a strong advocate for funding weatherization. In 1981 he created the first national weatherization program. “Millions of elderly Americans living on meager fixed incomes, and low-income working families will be healthier, as a result of the weatherization program,” said Oberstar.
Using ARRA funding to weatherize more homes will create new jobs. “In Northeast Minnesota, thousands of additional construction jobs will be created with the installation of insulation, double-paned windows and storm doors on out-of-date homes,” said Oberstar.
Upon the successful completion of the first two-year phase of the program, Minnesota will be eligible for an additional $65 million in weatherization funding from ARRA.