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Posted on: January 25, 2021

Kansas Housing, Kansas Gas Service partner to provide expanded weatherization services

Customers of Kansas Gas Service, a division of ONE Gas Inc., may qualify for up to $5000 in weatherization-related home repair assistance thanks to a new partnership between the energy company and Kansas Housing Resources Corporation (KHRC), the state’s housing finance agency. The funding, made possible through an $80,000 grant from the ONE Gas Foundation, will finance essential home repairs and upgrades to enable weatherization services.

KHRC serves as administrator of the state’s Weatherization Assistance Program, a federal initiative to provide free weatherization services to income-eligible households. Weatherization services include upgrades and improvements to help homes operate more efficiently, such as sealing air leaks, installing insulation, and repairing or replacing heating and cooling systems. Weatherized homes are safer, more comfortable, more energy efficient, and less expensive to maintain, resulting in cost savings and health and wellness benefits for residents.

“Our partnership with Kansas Gas Service will provide crucial gap funding for the weatherization program,” said Scott Kuhn, KHRC’s Senior Weatherization Program Manager. “Often homes need simple repairs before weatherization services can be provided. If residents can’t afford the repairs, their homes may never receive weatherization assistance. Now with these funds, we can repair and weatherize homes at the same time and at no cost to the client.”

“Kansas Gas Service is pleased to support this impactful program that helps customers save money on energy costs and improve quality of life by providing a safer home environment,” said Kara Titus, Community Relations Area Manager for Kansas Gas Service. “This is part of our commitment to build sustainable communities for our current and future customers.”

Eligibility for the Weatherization Assistance Program is based on the applicant’s annual income and the home’s structural eligibility. Program funds are available until fully expended. To learn more and apply for assistance, contact your county’s Weatherization Service Provider.

The North Central Regional Planning Commission administers this program in Dickinson County. To learn more, please visit https://www.ncrpc.org/services/housing/weatherization/

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