Now that cold weather is about to settle in across the Ozarks for the next several months, lower income residents of Texas County are reminded that financial assistance exists for the purpose of weatherizing homes.
Federal stimulus funds received by Ozark Action Inc. (OAI) made millions of dollars available for use in projects like insulation and window upgrading. Housing division director and weatherization expert Terry Sanders of OAI’s West Plains office said about $3.8 million has yet to be spent.
“The stimulus bill added a considerable amount of funding for weatherization,” Sanders said. “A lot of it is still left.”
To be eligible, applicants must have an income at or less than 200 percent of the federal poverty guideline, based on family size.
OAI serves a six-county area including Douglas, Howell, Oregon, Ozark, Texas and Wright counties.
Sanders said plenty of people in the service area are taking advantage of the program.
“There’s pretty good awareness,” Sanders said. “Applications continue to come in at a good rate; as of right now, we have 500-plus applications on the waiting list.”
Weatherization assistance through OAI will be available through March 2012.
For more information, including a variety of fact sheets and maps of different agencies’ service areas, log onto www.dnr.mo.gov/energy/weatherization/wx.htm#wxopsmanual. For application information, go to the Houston OAI office on Oak Hill Drive or call at 417-967-2036.