Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - The U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development has awarded $4 Million to two Juneau organizations aimed at remediating dozens of lower-income family homes in Juneau and Southeast Alaska.
The Tlingit and Haida Regional Housing Authority and Alaska Heat Smart, which are collaborating in this effort, each are receiving $2 Million.
The funds will be used to remove fuel and fire hazards, replace fossil fuel heating systems with air source heat pumps, upgrade insulation and vapor barriers, improve air sealing and eliminate asthma and other respiratory stressors common to many Southeast homes.
The housing authority has been a regional leader in home remediation and has serviced 236 homes over the last four years, according to press release issued by the authority.
In addition to the authority, The Alaska Heat Smart program will be working with the Cold Climate House and Research Center, Renewable Juneau, and the City and Borough of Juneau to make improvements to over 100 lower-income families in Juneau.