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OACAC offers free home help

Monday, May 9, 2011

The Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) invites families to apply for free weatherization to their homes.

Weatherization can help reduce heating and cooling costs up to 25 percent. Professional crews will: caulk windows, sills and casings; seal cracks in windows, walls and foundations; weatherstrip windows and doors; insulate attics, floors and sidewalls; repair windows and doors; insulate water heaters; and test and repair gas heating systems and gas water heaters.

The OACAC weatherization program serves income-eligible homeowners or renters in both Barry and Lawrence counties. Renters must have owner approval and participation to receive these services.

Those interested in obtaining weatherization services must: fill out a three-page application; provide proof of income for six months or obtain a letter of benefits from Social Security, the Veterans Administration, unemployment benefits, pension or child support; and provide copies of Social Security cards for everyone living in the home and photo identification of everyone in the home over 16 years of age.

Participants must also provide proof of ownership through a property tax statement, copy of a mobile home title or homeowner's insurance. Renters must provide the landlord's name, address and phone number.

Individuals earning up to $21,780 annual gross income are eligible for weatherization services. Households with two persons may qualify if they earn up to $29,420 combined income; homes with three residents may make up to $37,060 combined income; and four persons in a home may be eligible if they earn up to $44,700 combined income.

Requests for applications may be made online at http://bit.ly/enhHmn.

Applications are also accepted by appointment at the Neighborhood OACAC Centers in Monett and Cassville.

Qualifying households will have materials and labor provided at no cost.

Funding for the program is made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act and the Transform Missouri Initiative and are administered through the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

For more information, call the OACAC Weatherization Office at 417-865-7797.

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