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Will County Center for Community Concerns assists low-income families

Throughout the years, Will County Center for Community Concerns has assisted families low-income families with repairs to their homes in order to make them code compliant, energy efficient, safe, and healthy. In 2018, the agency programs weatherized and/or rehabilitated 152 homes in the Will County community.

A new energy efficiency program was added in 2018 to WCCCC's weatherization department to address the needs of the low and moderate income residents of Will County.

The Home Energy and Weatherization Improvements Program (HEWIP) was implemented alongside our Illinois Home Weatherization Assistance Program (IHWAP).

The goal of the HEWIP program, funded through the Future Energy Jobs Act (FEJA), is to lower the energy consumption of residents through a qualifying retrofit program.

The HEWIP program has the same standards and methodology as the IHWAP program through its rigorous diagnostic testing and energy audit.

Replacement measures included in the program are; high efficiency heating appliances (furnace and boilers), power-vented hot water tanks, extensive insulation and air sealing measures and LED light-bulbs amongst other measures.

Will County Center for Community Concerns has been excited to bring Weatherization to a broader population of income based applicants and lower energy consumption in those homes.  

The mission of Will County Center for Community Concerns (WCCCC) is to assist and enable low-and moderate-income individuals to obtain the opportunities needed to prepare themselves for self-sufficiency.

The agency offers a wide variety of programs and services, including no-cost housing counseling, utility assistance, energy conservation and home repair programs, scholarships, mortgage/property tax assistance, and homeless services.

WCCCC is also the administering agency for the Will County Continuum of Care, a consortium of local entities that serve the homeless population.

Across the programs available throughout the agency, WCCCC provided approximately 14,000 services throughout Will County in 2018.

To apply for assistance through the Weatherization/HEWIP programs, contact Jennifer Lewis at 815-722-0722 ext. 240. For more information, visit wcccc.net.

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