|8, 2012 Volume 4, Issue 8|
The Weatherization PLUS Newsletter
Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc. | www.weatherizationplus.org
Congress Kicks Can (to 50 Yard Line of 2013 Field)
Shortly, Congress will pass a resolution continuing all 2012 federal budget items through March 31. For Weatherization, at $65 million for 2012, this means no opportunity to win higher funding in a legislative battle until a different Congress convenes and considers many "road maps" around, or over, the national fiscal "cliff". Usually, the April 1 WAP start date means enough time passed for Congress to set WAP funding at least three months before a plan must be implemented.
ARRA Weatherization: Still at Work! 6,332 FTEs in the Spring Quarter
WAP is the fourth largest ARRA jobs program still running. Less than 7% of all ARRA funds are unspent, including in more than one third of state programs that are closing out because their work is done.
Catch-Up on Spending ‘Regular’ Weatherization $$
DOE staff confirms that the network is on track to spend out all 2009-2012 funds by the last day of their 2012 PY. Some in Washington are wondering aloud: IS THAT WISE?
Better Buildings Conference Unveils Future DOE Program Directions
On July 9-11, the DOE Better Buildings Program sponsored the Residential Energy Efficiency Solutions conference on the results of its ARRA initiatives and its future directions. There are two different reasons Weatherizers should care about this material:
For the 2,000 of our readers who couldn’t make it, see our summary of the presentations that can be useful to the WAP network. They fall under three topics:
Meet Our New Project Coordinator for Sustainable Financing, Madiana Mustapha
Madiana M. Mustapha joined Economic Opportunity Studies, Inc. (EOS) in June 2012 as the Project Coordinator for Sustainable Financing. Ms. Mustapha’s responsibilities include identifying potential private and public sources of support and investment for energy efficiency measures in low to moderate income homes.
Prior to joining EOS, Ms. Mustapha was employed at Manna, Inc. for three years as a Project Manager. In this capacity, she worked on affordable homeownership transactions in Washington, DC that included a mixture of private, public and non-profit financing.
Ms. Mustapha also spent two years as an AmeriCorps Member with Habitat for Humanity in New York, Washington, DC and the Gulf Coast.
A graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont, she earned a dual degree in Political Science and American Literature. Ms. Mustapha is pleased to be at EOS and looks forward to a rewarding experience helping the weatherization network’s organizations expand their partnerships.
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