How does the GNC Weatherization Program work?
The program is designed to help working and middle class families, especially those living in homes built or manufactured pre-July 1, 1991. Home owners and renters living in houses, apartments and manufactured or mobile homes can receive assistance to make their homes more energy efficient.
Funding for weatherization comes from various sources and each source has slightly different rules and regulations for assistance, explained a recent press release from Great Northern Corporation. GNC has a full waiting list of potential clients that fits its federally funded program but right now, GNC has Pacific Power funding for weatherization clients that have electric heat sources in at least 51 percent of their home, the release said. This means anything that does not require fuel: space heaters, baseboard heat, wall heaters, electric forced air units and the like. Monitor heaters are not electric.
The program can replace single pane windows with double pane, add insulation and weather strip doors and windows, to name a few items.
Assistance is based on income qualifications that take into account the monthly income and the size of the household. As an example, a household of three people would qualify for assistance if the monthly combined income is $3,271.66.
Income amounts for family sizes greater than six persons were determined based on the following calculation:
Add 3 percent to 132 percent for each additional family member, multiply the new percentage by $46,738, and divide by 12.
Example: household size of seven: 132 percent + 3 percent = 135 percent times $46,738 = $63,096.00 / 12 = $5,258.00 per month.
Income guidelines change each calendar year and reduced limits are the trend. Therefore, if a client is close to qualifying, sooner is better for applying.
If you know of potential clients who meet the 51 percent electric heat source requirement, ask them to contact GNC's Weatherization assistant, Dawn at (530) 938-4115 ext. 115 (Monday through Thursday).