Cooper University Hospital, the Cooper Foundation, and the Lanning Square West Residents in Action hosted an Energy Assistance Forum on February 7th at the Camden County Office for Economic Opportunity.
The forum featured information on available energy financing programs for energy efficiency upgrades and financial assistance for utility bills.
- Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) provides financial assistance to qualified residents for home heating bills. This program is administered by the Camden County Council on Economic Opportunity and the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey.
- Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP) grants income-qualified tenants and homeowners with services that reduce household energy use and costs by improving the energy efficiency of their homes while ensuring their health and safety. Participating families save approximately $413 in reduced first-year energy costs, at current prices. This program is administered by the Camden County Council on Economic Opportunity and the Hispanic Family Center of Southern New Jersey.
- Camden POWER (Program Offering Widespread Energy Recovery) offers forgivable loans to Camden homeowners to fund essential repairs which will make homes safer and more energy efficient. The goal of POWER is to achieve at least 25% energy savings in residential homes by sealing air leaks, improving insulation and increasing energy efficiency. Up to $16,000 in home improvements can be made, including those for certain health and safety repairs. POWER will improve a property’s value and create substantial monthly utility savings for the homeowner. All homeowners in Camden are eligible to apply for POWER. This program is administered by Cooper’s Ferry Development Association.
“We want to help as many neighbors as possible get through this winter season safe and warm,” said Susan Bass Levin, President and CEO of The Cooper Foundation. “To achieve that goal it is extremely important for these families to know that there are energy efficiency programs available to realize long term savings on their energy bills.”