Washington’s spending of stimulus funds for low-income housing weatherization is back on track, state officials said today.
Since July 2009, state officials have upgraded more than 3,300 low-income housing units in Washington using nearly $30 million in stimulus money, according to a news release from Gov. Chris Gregoire’s office Monday.
The state’s progress qualifies it to start spending an additional $30 million that Washington was awarded for weatherization work last year, but which federal officials warned could be reallocated if the state failed to meet performance goals.
The state’s entire award of $59.5 million is expected to upgrade a total 7,000 homes with improvements such as energy efficient windows, new insulation and updated furnaces, all of which aim to reduce energy use.
The residential weatherization work was slow to start due to bureaucratic confusion about how to follow conflicting federal and state wage requirements.
State officials said they weatherized 186 homes with the stimulus money during the five-month period between July and the end of November.
In the five months since, they’ve used the stimulus money to complete work on an additional 3,100 units, according to the numbers released Monday.
See the governor’s press release below.