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Conway, Community Action to offer energy aid

Low-income families will receive energy audits, insulation assistance

CONWAY — Community Action is teaming up with the town to provide weatherization help to 10 low-income households each year until 2016.

Community Action helps low-income families throughout Hampshire and Franklin counties make their homes more energy efficient and with emergency fuel aid. Last year, about 40 households in Conway qualified for the fuel assistance program.

From Dec. 1 to Nov. 30, 2016, Community Action will partner with Conway to provide energy audits, insulation and air sealing to 10 eligible low-income homes each year.

Making a house energy-efficient costs an average $6,000 per house. For 10 homes each year, it would cost $60,000.

The Board of Selectmen is expected to approve the program at its Nov. 18 meeting, according to Town Administrator Tom Hutcheson.

The board did not pass the program this week and tabled it to hammer out the agreement.

Selectboard Chairman John O’Rourke was not immediately available for comment.

The regional anti-poverty agency and the town will each provide $30,000 for the three years starting in December.

The town’s contribution would come from the Guilford Fund, which supports the poor and needy of Conway, and not from property tax dollars.

Community Action money will come from outside sources, such as the federal Weatherization Assistance Program and Western Massachusetts Electric Co.

If any of the town money is not used by the end of the three years, it will be returned to the town.

The agreement is contingent on the availability of the funds each year.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at:
or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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