DCA chief says weatherization program accelerating

TRENTON – The Department of Community Affairs is progressing, after a slow start, on the weatherization program.

DCA Commissioner Richard Constable said today that in the first year, there were about 47 homes that were weatherized. In its second year, there were some 3,000 homes.

Since becoming head of the DCA two months ago, he said, more than 1,700 homes have been weatherized, he told the Assembly Budget Committee.

By September, a total of 20,000 homes will be weatherized, he said.

The program is funded by the federal stimulus program, formally known as the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which was signed by President Barack Obama in 2009.

Constable said he expects to use all of the program funds that are dedicated toward weatherization.

Earlier story:

DCA says unspent affordable housing funds will go toward that purpose