June 22, 2011
Award Recognizes Partnership in Energy Efficiency Efforts
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) recently received the NeighborWorks® Alliance of New York State's 2011 Leadership Award, presented in recognition of NYSERDA's partnership with NeighborWorks organizations in promoting energy efficiency in communities throughout New York State.
NYSERDA and the NeighborWorks Alliance of NYS both recognize the importance of partnerships to provide energy cost savings to low- and moderate-income households while improving the comfort, health and safety of their homes. NeighborWorks organizations, grassroots not-for-profit community-based organizations, create opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing.
“Our partnership with NYSERDA ensures families across the state can — and do — access home energy improvement programs to increase energy efficiencies and decrease high heating costs. We applaud NYSERDA's awareness that NeighborWorks organizations are trusted community advisors who connect consumers with its valuable, cost-saving energy programs,” stated Hilary Lamishaw, Coordinator of the NeighborWorks Alliance of NYS.
To help pay for energy improvements NYSERDA provides incentives through its Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR® program to households earning equal to or lower than 80 percent of the state or area median income, whichever is greater. That is approximately $60,000 for a family of four in upstate New York and higher in downstate counties.
“On behalf of NYSERDA's Board of Directors, staff, and the consumers we serve, it is an honor to receive the 2011 Leadership Award, and I thank the NeighborWorks Alliance of New York State for this recognition,” said Francis J. Murray Jr., President and CEO of NYSERDA. “NYSERDA appreciates the continued collaboration, participation and expansion of NeighborWorks organizations and their ability to further NYSERDA's mission to help make clean, efficient energy a part of people's everyday lives.”
Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR provides a 50 percent incentive up to $5,000 to income-eligible single-family households for energy efficiency improvements. Since the program's inception, 11,400 homeowners have improved the energy efficiency of their homes.
NeighborWorks organizations are important partners in making Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR and other NYSERDA programs more accessible in communities they serve. These partnership organizations help determine household eligibility and often provide additional financial support for energy efficiency improvements.
The 22 NeighborWorks organizations in NYS are part of NeighborWorks America's network of 250 groups nationwide. During fiscal year 2010 alone, NeighborWorks organizations in NYS assisted more than 1,600 households in purchasing homes, provided more than 2,900 households with housing preservation assistance, created or preserved more than 450 privately owned rental units and made repairs to nearly 2,200 owner-occupied and renter-occupied units. It also provided foreclosure intervention counseling and pre- and post-purchase housing counseling to nearly 8,000 households.
The NeighborWorks Alliance also presented 2011 Leadership Awards to the Honorable Vito Lopez, Chair of the New York State Assembly's Housing Committee and the Honorable Catharine Young, Chair of the New York State Senate's Housing, Construction and Community Development Committee.
For more information about NYSERDA's Assisted Home Performance with ENERGY STAR program, visit Get Energy Smart
NYSERDA, a public benefit corporation, offers objective information and analysis, innovative programs, technical expertise and funding to help New Yorkers increase energy efficiency, save money, use renewable energy, and reduce their reliance on fossil fuels. NYSERDA professionals work to protect our environment and create clean-energy jobs. NYSERDA has been developing partnerships to advance innovative energy solutions in New York since 1975.
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