Program/Project Name: Weatherization
Funding Category: Growing Philadelphia’s Businesses, Economy & Workforce
Federal Grant Name: Weatherization Assistance Program
Programs Supported Through Funding: Creation of green jobs while maximizing energy savings for qualifying households (<200% of poverty).
Why Apply for this Grant?
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.
Program Objectives: 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.
The secondary objective of the Administration is to use this funding to support small MWBEs. 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.)
Actual # of FTE jobs created for the quarter*:
Q4: To Be Counted
Q5: To Be Counted
*In the City of Philadelphia’s quarterly federal report, also know as Section 1512 reports, jobs are calculated based on hours worked, instead of the number of people at work. It also looks only at jobs funded directly by the Recovery Act, and does not include jobs created indirectly. Direct jobs are counted quarterly and are not cumulative.