Example of ARRA at Work: Westbeth Center for the Arts
HCR provided $2.9 million in Weatherization ARRA funds and leveraged over $550,000 of private investment to complete substantial energy improvements to the landmark Westbeth building, which houses low-income artists and is the first of its kind in the nation.
In 2009, the United States Congress passed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), providing $5 billion nationally for the Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), and HCR received approximately $396 million. Our WAP sub-grantees put this funding to work-making more than 70,000 homes of low-income people safe, affordable, and energy efficient-far exceeding our original goal of 45,000 housing units.
ARRA required our sub-grantee network to quickly expand capacity and production, creating jobs and economic opportunity. HCR's weatherization staff was there to help our sub-grantees manage this growth, while keeping the program in compliance with a myriad of new and existing federal regulations, including new rules for Davis-Bacon compliance. WAP sub-grantees utilized ARRA funds to serve New Yorkers in virtually every living situation imaginable, including tenants and homeowners living in large apartment complexes, single family homes, co-ops, condominiums, mobile homes, and supportive housing. New York weatherized more multi-family, rental housing than any other state.
Here are the facts on how ARRA funds in the Weatherization Assistance Program were spent in New York State:
Last Updated: 08/24/12