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Jeffrey Simon

Jeffrey Simon

Director, MA Recovery & Reinvestment Office

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It’s not often that we get to celebrate a milestone that reflects achievement. But here in the Massachusetts Recovery & Reinvestment Office we are thrilled to celebrate an impressive one: the 10,000th traditional home weatherized under the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program.

The number means that contractors, laborers and suppliers were kept busy working on all these units, receiving paychecks and feeding their families. In fact, nearly 3,000 people received a Recovery Act-funded paycheck in this program since it began.

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The Weatherization Assistance Program’s reach also extends to public housing – nearly 2,400 public housing units were weatherized under this program – as well as preservation units which had nearly 550 units weatherized. These numbers are impressive because each unit weatherized means someone in the state will be kept warm this winter and will save money on their energy bills too. (The average energy savings per weatherized home under the Recovery Act is about 35 %.)

These numbers are even more impressive because it reflects the fact that the Weatherization Assistance Program is on track to exceed its goal by 3,000 units – the new projected goal is nearly 20,000 units in total by the time this three-year program is finished at the end of March in 2012.

I have visited many homes that have been weatherized, and spoken to contractors and laborers that have been kept busy doing much needed weatherization work on people’s homes and it is clear that this program is working – and working well. And that is a milestone worthy of a celebration.

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