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Michigan announces expansion of weatherization services

Cracking a window can help reduce the risk of indoor COVID transmission.
Tanishka R.
Cracking a window can help reduce the risk of indoor COVID transmission.

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services announced Friday that the Michigan Weatherization Program is expanding its resources beyond just single-family homes.

The services will now be available for low-income people living in multifamily housing. This includes services to help lower energy costs and provide health and safety upgrades.

The Weatherization Program offers wall, attic and foundation insulation along with air leakage reduction and dryer venting, according to their website.

“MDHHS wants to help Michigan residents pay their energy bills,” Director Elizabeth Hertel said in a press release. “Weatherizing your home is a good way to reduce energy costs, prevent you from falling behind on paying for your utilities, and keep your family healthy. I am so pleased that we have been able to expand the Weatherization Assistance Program to assist more people.”

According to a press release, Michigan received approximately $183 million dollars for the Weatherization Program as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding.

Along with federal funding, the program will use funds they receive annually.

The services will be made available to housing with five or more units. Eligibility is based on household income.