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- Stimulus cash will make Beacon housing energy efficient
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The City of Beacon Housing Authority has been awarded the Resident Opportunity Self Sufficiency [ROSS] grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.
The purpose of the grant is to connect tenants of public housing authorities with services and activities to achieve economic and housing self sufficiency. This purpose is two-fold, as the program will work with families and elderly or persons with disabilities.
The work with families will include services helping families increase earned income thus reduce or eliminate the need for public assistance. For the elderly and persons with disabilities, the program is designed to improve living conditions to allow for independent living.
If you, your family or anyone you know is a Beacon Housing Authority tenant and can benefit from the program, call the BHA at 831-1289
The City of Beacon Housing Authority will be opening the Public Housing waiting list. Applications will be issued beginning 4/11/11.
Applications may be picked up at One Forrestal Heights, Beacon, NY 12508 Monday – Friday 8:00 AM – 3:00 PM.
Applicant’s gross annual income must be below the low income limit established by HUD. You may visit our website, www.beaconhousingauthority.org for more information.
The City of Beacon Housing Authority is an Equal Housing Opportunity Provider.
Michael Woyton • Poughkeepsie Journal • October 1, 2009
BEACON – Energy-efficient improvements are on tap for two Beacon housing developments, thanks to federal stimulus funds.
The City of Beacon Housing Authority received $735,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through a competitive grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Ron Traudt, the housing authority’s executive director, said the money will be used for conservation improvements in the Hamilton Fish Plaza and Forrestal Heights housing complexes.
“We are very proud of being able to make energy-saving improvements, which can save the BHA an estimated $165,000 per year, which is about 20 to 25 percent of its utility expenses,” he said.
Residents who pay their own utilities will realize savings as well, Traudt said.
“We’ve always toyed with the idea of doing something like this,” he said. “The federal stimulus money made it possible.”
Consultant Matthew Rudikoff, who prepared the grant application, said the funding will be used to install new boilers and furnaces, enhance roof and attic insulation and replace light fixtures with compact fluorescent fixtures.
The boilers and furnaces will cost about $200,000, as will the insulation, he said. Light fixtures in the common areas and inside apartments will be replaced to the tune of $170,000.
New radiator controls and thermostats will be installed, along with low-flow toilets and showerheads, Rudikoff said. Also planned is the replacement of non-Energy Star refrigerators.
The two complexes were built in the early 1970s and 1980s, Rudikoff said, so the improvements in energy efficiency will be dramatic.
Mayor Steve Gold said the grant will save money for the housing authority and help the environment.
“Energy efficiency costs money, and it can find its way into higher rents,” he said.
Rudikoff said part of the grant will be used to prepare a green buildings operation plan and provide staff training.
Because the Recovery Act requires the funding to be spent within two years, all work will be done in that time frame, Rudikoff said.
A lot of the equipment and supplies will be purchased locally, he said, and the labor will be mostly from this area.
“This is an example of the stimulus funding working the way it’s supposed to,” Rudikoff said.