Great Northern Corporation (GNC) announces a current shift in their Weatherization Program funding for Siskiyou County applicants to one that can only serve dwellings that are able to heat 51% of their home by electricity. Dwellings that do not have any electric heat or only able to heat a small portion of the home with electric heat will become eligible later in the calendar year when additional funding sources become available.
Currently, Weatherization services can go to individual homes, mobile homes, entire duplexes, triplexes and apartment complexes. Because of the funding sources, GNC looks specifically to multi-unit housing complexes since only a percentage of the tenants have to income qualify for the program in order to have the entire complex weatherized. According to GNC Weatherization Manager, Brandy Caporaso, “In the next few months GNC staff will be in the field to visit properties that are likely candidates for weatherization services. If property managers or owners feel that their tenants would qualify, we encourage them to give us a call so that we can help coordinate the application process. ”
The services are completely free and the process is simple and straight forward. Once an application has been received and approved, the Weatherization Department will contact the occupant to set up a time for an assessor to come and inspect the home. He will determine what is needed to make it more energy efficient. The types of items generally provided are ceiling and flooring insulation, weather-stripping, pipe wrap, solid core doors and double pane windows. GNC can also replace qualified older model refrigerators and repair or replace broken heaters. Once all the supplies have been ordered, the GNC state certified crew will perform all the services. In addition, all of the old items that have been replaced are hauled away. The final step is that the assessor sets up a time to come and review the work performed. With any program for which GNC performs the service, the funding agency may also request to review the work.