October 30 is National Weatherization Day as the cold weather months begin.
UCHRA Weatherization Assistance Program Manager Tommy Simcox said this day is about boosting participation for this program. Simcox said low-income residents in the Upper Cumberland deserve the comfort this program brings.
“It’s to highlight the importance of the program that saves homes energy and improves the health and safety,” Simcox said. “It also encourages households to participate in the program to be able to receive the benefits, the health benefits, as well as the financial savings.”
Simcox said to qualify for the program the home must fall below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines. Simcox said boosting participation is not just important financially, it’s also about health in the home.
“It benefits them by improving the air quality in the homes, that’s a big one,” Simcox said. “We have several health and safety measures, including smoke alarms, carbon monoxide alarms for preventing accidents in the homes.”
Simcox said you can request an application through the mail or email. If someone is in need they can also make an appointment at their UCHRA office.