The Nevada Housing Division (NHD)
recently announced the allocation of statewide grants to six sub-grantees to
perform energy efficiency assessments and weatherization services at no cost to
low-income residents. The program offers families, particularly those with
elderly occupants and children, with safety and cost-saving measures such as installation
of solar screens and insulation, HVAC repairs, and carbon monoxide detectors.
The program also provides emergency replacement of failed heating and cooling
equipment at no cost to owner-occupied dwellings.
The program has provided
weatherization assistance to over 25,000 households since inception. Current grant funds
will provide services to approximately 850 households during the next fiscal
year. The Division estimates that
approximately 150,000 Nevada households could qualify for services and
encourages those that are interested to visit the website to determine if they
“Residents that have
weatherization services performed in their home can benefit from monthly cost
savings that can be upward of $50 a month, which can put around $600 back in
their pocket at the end of the year,” said Sue Martin, NHD weatherization
program manager. “This assistance program truly provides a positive long-term,
sustainable impact on a household’s budget.”
Funding for the grants allocated
by the Division comes from the Department of Energy, Department of Health and
Human Services, State of Nevada utility funds and Southwest Gas.
To learn more about the
Weatherization Assistance Program or to determine eligibility for services,
please visit http://housing.nv.gov/programs/Weatherization.
Created by the Nevada Legislature in
1975, the Nevada Housing Division was created to encourage the investment of
private capital and stimulate the financing of affordable housing through the
use of public financing to provide mortgage loans and to make loans to and
purchase mortgage loans from mortgage lenders, and to perform any other
function authorized by NRS 319. The
Division provides low interest rate mortgages and down payment assistance to
qualifying individuals and provides funding for affordable multi-family housing
developments for seniors and families.
In addition, the Division oversees the Hardest Hit Fund, which assists
homeowners at risk of default or foreclosure.