Mayor Masiello announced Monday that the city has doubled its allocation to the Weatherization Assistance Repair Model program.
This year, $200,000 in housing funds were directed to the program, to be matched by a $200,000 state grant.
WARM provides free weatherization service, emergency heating repairs and/or replacement to low-income households. In its first two years, WARM provided service to 130 families. This winter, the program aims to assist 150 homeowners to properly weatherize their homes.
"We are doubling our investment in WARM because it helps homeowners and their families stay safe and warm," said Masiello. "This program is a perfect example of how we can supplement city resources through cultivating partnerships which benefit our city's homeowners and residents."
Before WARM's inception in 1995, Masiello explained, the city was prohibited from offering critical weatherization repairs such as the installation of insulation and energy-efficient windows, which result in long-term energy savings.
Federal funds that the city received to provide weatherization services were restricted to providing structural repairs, such as roofing, plumbing and electrical work.