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HCR Exceeds Goals, Weatherizes More Than 70,000 Homes with ARRA Funds

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    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.

    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.

  • The ARRA WAP project Westbeth Center for the Arts was completed in June. Darryl C. Towns, Commissioner/CEO of New York State Homes and Community Renewal said, "Westbeth is a wonderful example of the public-private partnerships that have thrived under Governor Andrew Cuomo's leadership. Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation and other sub-grantees around New York State do high-quality work that addresses residents' concerns about spiraling energy costs and at the same time helps create jobs for New Yorkers. "
  • Westbeth comprises an entire city block of renovated buildings once used by Bell Laboratories. It was founded in 1967 and contains 384 residential households, several famous performing arts organizations, a community art gallery, and numerous large and small spaces for painters, sculptors, musicians and other artists.

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:

These efforts will have a lasting impact on the lives of thousands of New York families.

Last Updated: 08/24/12