04/01/11 RurAL CAP to Manage Anchorage Weatherization Program (RurAL CAP)

Anchorage – April 1, 2011 – The Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP) announces it will begin managing a state program administered by the Alaska Housing Finance Corporation that offers free weatherization services for low and middle-income residents in Anchorage on April 1, 2011. The program is being transitioned to RurAL CAP from the Municipality of Anchorage which has managed it since 1992. RurAL CAP operates weatherization programs in western and northern Alaska and the city and borough of Juneau. In 2010, RurAL CAP weatherized 309 homes in 10 communities.

The weatherization program provides energy efficiency upgrades to about 500 homes in Anchorage per year. The focus of weatherization is to increase the energy-efficiency, safety, comfort and life expectancy of the homes. Typical improvements include the caulking and sealing of windows and doors, adding insulation to walls, floors and ceilings, and improving the efficiency of heating systems, depending on the assessment.

Interested persons who already have an active application on file need not reapply as they will remain on the list in the same priority order. For more information or eligibility questions, new applicants may call (907) 771-7800, email info@weatherizeme.org, or visit RurAL CAP's Anchorage Weatherization office located at 557 E. Fireweed Lane, Suite D.

RurAL CAP's Executive Director, David Hardenbergh, states, "RurAL CAP has a long history of providing weatherization and energy efficiency services and education in Alaska and we look forward to serving Anchorage residents. The most effective residential energy dollar is the one not spent on heating or lighting, but on increasing the energy-efficiency of the home."

RurAL CAP, a statewide, 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation, has been working to improve the quality of life for low-income Alaskans since 1965. RurAL CAP employed 1,048 Alaskans in 2010 with expenditures of more than $32 million. It provides resources and services to enhance child and family development, improve housing, reduce energy costs, develop leadership, protect traditional uses of fish and game, improve solid waste management, support health and wellness, develop community plans, and foster independent living.

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Angela Gonzalez
Communications Coordinator
(907) 865-7389
Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc.
PO Box 200908
Anchorage, AK 99520-0908
(907) 279-2511
FAX: (907) 278-2309