|8, 2011 Volume 3, Issue 6|
The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter
Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc. | www.weatherizationplus.org
ARRA Weatherization Delivered on the Promise of Jobs (Again). What’s next for the Workforce?
Once again, W.A.P. reported the seventh-largest number of jobs among all ARRA-funded programs; 14,451 FTE jobs were filled in the 2nd quarter of 2011. This probably means more than 20,000 individuals were at work. W.A.P. created more jobs than any other Department of Energy program. However, there had been a few hundred more W.A.P. jobs in the 1st quarter.
Ups and Downs: Many big grantees were still growing. New York added 229 FTEs, Texas added 193 followed by Puerto Rico with 153, and California and Massachusetts with over 90 apiece.
Yet, the end of the ARRA period is very close for other states. Minnesota lost 502 WAP jobs followed by Ohio (231), Illinois (195), Maine (170), and Wisconsin (103). Smaller programs like Idaho, Nevada and Hawaii programs are shedding workers but their W.A.P. workforce is small. Several of these states still have carry-over from 2010 regular funding or leveraged resources; those jobs will not be counted.
Why isn’t the public aware of our success/asking for more Weatherization program resources and jobs? As ARRA funding winds down, few states have a robust homebuilding industry market to employ W.A.P.’s skilled workers. Publicizing the layoffs and closeout with on-camera ceremonies to thank the workers, recommend them and their new skills to the industry and public might help end cynicism about ARRA and get them new work. Letting workers and contractors tell about working for W.A.P. -even better.
Send your ideas about public messaging and creating new job openings and we will publish them in a new online resource section. For ideas about generating new private demand for efficiency services see our Fee-for-Service issue paper. For how-to’s on attracting more utility funding consider the resources from our Utility Partnerships page, and let us know what else would help you.
Federal Financing for Affordable Multifamily Housing Green Retrofits
Many Weatherizers have a new interest in multifamily Weatherization. A variety of federal financial options and loan programs are currently available to not-for-profits, whether your organization is providing weatherization services for green retrofits, constructing new affordable housing, exploring rural renewable energy development, and/or owns affordable multifamily properties. Two EOS papers list some of the resources, familiar and new.
‘Fess Up! Which One of You Readers Completed ARRA Home #500,000?
Sometime in the past month, some local Weatherization agency inspected and passed a home that was made the ARRA production total one half million homes. Consider the data:
Production is under budget and, at the current pace, many more homes will be weatherized than the 601,000 promised – will yours be the 602,000th? Ideas about claiming the credit due are always welcome. Meanwhile, keep on weatherizing those homes every second of the working day! And congratulations!
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