Program Name: Weatherization
Point of Contact: Tony McIntosh, Executive Vice President, PHDC
Federal Grant Name: Weatherization Assistance Program
Programs Supported Through Funding: Weatherization Assistance Program
Amount Applied For: n/a – formula allocation
Funds Awarded: $15.8 million over 2.5 years
Point(s) of Contact for Project(s):
N/A – Funds were awarded by formula. By state regulation, funds had to go to the agency or agencies that had been performing weatherization in a given City according to a formula. In Philadelphia, those agencies are PHDC, a non-profit whose board members are appointed by the Mayor and Council President, and the Energy Coordinating Agency, an independent non-profit. ECA receives its own allocation of Weatherization funds, independent of PHDC and the City.
Use of these funds is highly programmed at both the federal and state levels. Funds are to be used to perform a specified set of weatherization measures, subject to an energy audit, up to a cost of $6,500 per house. Recipients of funding are predetermined by the state, and passed on to implementing agencies in the form of a list. Implementing agencies are responsible for outreach to and service of the customers selected by the state. Recipients will be selected by the state on the basis of high energy use and low income (families under 200% of poverty are eligible). PHDC anticipates serving approximately 2,000 customers over 2.5 years with ARRA funding.
secondary objective of the Administration is to use this funding to support small MBWEs. This objective has been achieved. Approximately 50% of PHDC’s subcontractors are MWBE (32% are certified by OEO, 18% self-report as MWBEs but have not gone through certification. PHDC staff is assisting uncertified businesses in becoming certified.)
The funding will create or save at least 9 jobs at PHDC. The majority of jobs created or saved under this program will be at PHDC’s subcontractors. PHDC estimated that those subcontractors will employ approximately 150 people through this program, but it is not clear how many of those will be new or saved positions that the federal government will count as jobs created or retained, so no official estimate has been produced.