Memphis Begins Weatherization Assistance Program

Mempjhis, TN - Woodhollow Glen is a Memphis city owned housing development for the elderly.
It's tucked into a Fox Meadows neighborhood, and the men and women who live here say they love it.

They are a group of people who must watch every nickel and dime they have...and they use more of them to pay for energy than any people in any other city in the country.

Housing and Community Development Director Paul Young says  "We spend the highest amount of our income on utilities. 13.1 percent. Now there's some debating...we factor other costs and factors in our utility bills, but the fact still remains our costs are way too high."

It's not the cost of the utilities...it's the price one pays for living in old homes with little if any insulation...or air conditioners that can't cut the mustard anymore.
Not to mention salaries in Memphis are lower than the national average.

"Your utility bill shot not be more than 4 percent of your annual income.," says Memphis City Council member Patrice Robinson, a retired executive with Memphis Light, Gas and Water.

"We've got a long way to go."

It is the perfect time for the city to start a new Weatherization Assistance Program...set up to help low income folks save some of their money on utility bills while living in a lot more comfort.
Just ask Ozell White of Woodhollow Glen, who has new insulation...an air conditioner that's only a year old...and is saving money.

"It makes a difference," she says. "The air that was going up into the attic doesn't go up there any more."

To qualify you must be elderly or have a low income household. 
90 people can get help this year.
 


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