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Community Action weatherizes 220 homes in past year

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[July 07, 2010]  SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies announced Tuesday that its 35 member agencies weatherized more than 17,000 Illinois homes in the past year with the help of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, which is double the number of homes from the previous year, without the ARRA funding.

In 2009, the Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois weatherized 92 homes in DeWitt, Logan, Mason, Menard and Piatt counties. This year, with the addition of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, the agency was able to weatherize 223 homes across the five-county service area.

"We are very proud of our work to weatherize and create a long-term benefit for low-income families in our service area," said Angela Stoltzenburg, executive director.

Overall, members of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies created and retained more than 500 Illinois jobs, according to its report "Keeping the Promise: Weatherizing Homes, Creating Green Jobs, Helping Families," released Tuesday. The new jobs were added by the state and Community Action member agencies to operate the Weatherization Assistance Program and increase the number of contractors and crews weatherizing homes.

For 30 years the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies and its members have been pioneers of green work through the weatherization program. Typical weatherization services include installing insulation, sealing ducts and replacing furnaces, windows or doors.

"We are creating green jobs, improving the energy efficiency of homes and helping low-income families reduce their energy costs because of the Weatherization Assistance Program," said Dalitso Sulamoyo, president and CEO of the Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies. "Weatherization helps households, on average, save $437 per year on utility bills."

The energy conservation from weatherization helps the U.S. reduce its dependency on foreign oil. According to the U.S. Department of Energy website, "weatherization reduces national energy demand by the equivalent of 17.9 million barrels of oil each year."

Weatherization also is good for the environment. Weatherization reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 2.65 metric tons per home per year.

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Community Action agencies throughout Illinois spent almost $43 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to weatherize homes last year, but the work of Community Action is not done. There are still many more families that need assistance in these economically troubled times. Illinois received $240 million from ARRA over a three-year period to expand the weatherization program. With two years of ARRA-funded weatherization work to complete, IACCA member agencies are aggressively pursuing their goals to weatherize even more homes in their communities.


The Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois is a private, nonprofit organization serving DeWitt, Fulton, Logan, Mason and Menard counties with a variety of programs. For more information, visit

The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies is a membership organization that serves as the network for Illinois not-for-profit corporations and units of government that strive to raise the health, education and economic standards of Illinois' low-income population. For more information, visit

[Text from file received from Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois]

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