NORRISTOWN PA – Montgomery County’s Community Action Development Commission is scheduled to receive more than $5 million through March 2012 to help weatherize housing units, reduce their energy costs, and keep them warmer in winter weather, Gov. Edward G. Rendell said Thursday (Oct. 29, 2009).

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Weatherization will prepare for what's ahead.

Rendell said the first installment of $123 million in federal funds for state weatherization use will begin to be released next Monday (Nov. 2, 2009). The federal money represents a portion of $253 million the state allocated for weatherization programs, he added.

The funding represents an “unprecedented level of investment that will help to create new green jobs, save money for struggling families, and stimulate local economic activity,” the governor claimed. Pennsylvania’s allocation of $253 million for weatherization from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is the fourth largest in the nation; only New York, Texas and Ohio received more. The money will be paid over three years.

The commission, located at 113 E. Main St., Norristown PA, is one of 43 state-recognized agencies that will receive the funding and administer the weatherization programs.

The state’s plan calls for weatherizing more than 29,000 units, or about 9,600 annually. That compares with a little more than 5,000 weatherized last year under the state’s 30-year-old Weatherization Assistance Program. That program has served more than 475,000 low-income households and more than 1.18 million residents.

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