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Federal Funding Helps MI Homeowners Repair, Weatherize

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The state of Michigan is administering federal funds to help residents make repairs and weatherize their homes.

The state is using $5-million dollars from the U-S Department of Energy to help low-income Michiganders make their homes safer. Problems such as mold and moisture damage, plumbing, roofing and electrical issues that would otherwise hinder weatherization can now be resolved.

Kris Schoenow directs the Bureau of Community Action and Economic Opportunity, a branch of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

“So, if we can take care of some of those things with the money from this pilot program; the $5 million, we are assured that we can do weatherization with these families.”

The state currently weatherizes about 13-hundred Michigan homes each year. Schoenow says they hope to double that number under the pilot program.

Qualifying homeowners can call 2-1-1 for more information.

Kevin Lavery has been news director at WKAR since September 2006.