|November, 2012 Volume 4, Issue 10|
Finding the Right Leveraging Tools is Now Easier
Economic Opportunity Studies’ Find the Right Tools is a new section of our website with finding aids to help you choose from a variety of resources to improve your leveraging initiatives.
We recognize that the Leveraging Project has created and stored such a huge number of resources for a variety of different situations, that it can be hard to find the material most relevant for your needs. That’s why we’ve created the new finding aid: topical toolkits that contain similar resources in one place.
For example, our Acquiring Financing toolkit can link you to the different forms of financing used by weatherizers. Working on securing utility support? Open the Winning Utility Investments tool box for issue papers, model reports, and testimony and templates.
Of course, every situation is different; that is why our project staff is available to help you figure out which information or tool is needed for your initiative. E-mail us here or call us at 202-628-4900.
Tell us what you think on Twitter and Facebook, and check back frequently for more tools and resources.
Satisfying Peer Exchange Addressed Multi-Family Housing Dilemmas (at the NCAF Energy Conference)
Join a similar session (free & online) soon!
At the October NCAF Energy Leveraging and Community Economic Development Conference, Madiana Mustapha of EOS facilitated an interactive Multi-family Homes Brainstorm Session. The agenda was whatever participants’ issues and concerns about serving the multi-family housing market dictated. The process was that three experienced multi-family weatherizers offered their best thinking on the issues raised and then all others offered ideas and/or related concerns.
Those participants decided to talk about the following barriers and lessons learned in multi-family WAP, especially as they translate into winning new fee-for-service work in this market:
What are YOUR issues? If your agency weatherized multi-family Buildings during ARRA please take our survey [see the link in the right hand column] to help us tailor our resources to the issues that will come up in the post-ARRA program.
Wishing you had been there? : Participants encouraged us to offer more such sessions. Accordingly, EOS will offer several free Multi-family Building Brainstorm sessions via GoToMeeting conference calls. To recapture the intimacy and trust of the ‘live’ session, each will be limited to 15 participants and 2 to 3 experienced experts from WAP agencies per meeting. We will offer several dates as soon as we line up those experts. So whether you are novice or experienced, consider joining the Brainstorm sessions to either learn more or share your knowledge.
Please send us your contact info by clicking here if you would like notification of upcoming sessions.
NCAF Conference Focuses on the Future
On October 22 – 25, NCAF hosted the 2012 Energy and Community Economic Development Conference in St. Petersburg, Florida. Visionary plenary speakers and workshops led by experienced and strategic thinkers all focused on developing new opportunities and partnerships for the Weatherization and Community Action network. NCAF will soon post the presentations at www.ncaf.org. EOS sponsored five presenters and their sessions. Stay tuned for notice of when these will be offered as on-line live sessions for all who could not make it to St. Pete.
Last Month’s Survey Results: The Future of WAP
Thank you to the 60 readers who responded to last month’s survey on the topic of the Weatherization Program changes described by the DOE. Here are the results of that survey. They suggest we need more ideas about how to change WAP for a post-ARRA future. Nevertheless, few weeks remain before DOE needs to distributed 2013 guidance.
Question 1: Should states be required to spend WAP funds on leveraging activities? To have a leveraging plan?
YES – 48.1% NO – 51.9%
Question 2: Should program eligibility drop to 150% of the poverty threshold (from 200%)?
YES – 41.5% NO – 58.5%
Question 3: Should the Department of Energy raise the SIR from 1.0 to 1.5?
YES – 38.9% NO – 61.1%
Question 4: Should legislation reduce the state per unit average spent from $6,500 to much less?
YES – 28.3% NO – 71.7%
The Newsletter of Economic Opportunity Studies’ Weatherization PLUS Leveraging Partnership Project brings timely information about developments that expand the Weatherization Assistance Program to help your organization take advantage of emerging opportunities. Visit the Weatherization PLUS portal for more information.
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