Empowerment Grant Program Announces $100,000 Grant Award to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity

Will Find Insulated Skirting for Manufactured Homes in Sussex County

GeorgetownEnergize Delaware announced today that the Empowerment Grant Program (EGP), funded by the Exelon Merger for Delmarva Power Customers in Delaware, is awarding $100,000 to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity (SCHFH).  In its application, SCHFH proposed  an insulated skirting program to help 30 low-income Delmarva Power customers living in manufactured housing –housing that is often left out of home repairs and weatherization programs. Delmarva Power customers could receive a new insulated skirt at no cost. This program will install insulated skirting to eligible low-income manufactured homeowners and renters in Sussex County. Insulated skirting increases the energy efficiency of manufactured homes and can decrease energy costs by up to 25%.

This $100,000 Community-Scale Grant is the first award from a $4 million grant made possible for Delmarva Power customers by the Exelon merger that was approved by the Delaware Public Service Commission. Earlier this summer Sussex County Habitat for Humanity, along with its sister chapters in New Castle and Kent County, shared a $500,000 grant for a refrigerator replacement program.

Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is enlarging the scope of its Neighborhood Revitalization Program to include energy saving measures like the Insulated Skirting Program, Refrigerator Replacement Program and Home Energy Counseling and Checkup Program. Having built 144 homes in the past 29 years, these new programs are intended to keep people in their homes by lowering their utility costs and making homes safer.

“We are thrilled to have been awarded this grant to launch this innovative program allowing us to help a new group of Sussex County residents afford to stay in their homes by lowering their utility costs and protecting their pipes from the harsh elements,” says Kevin Gilmore, Executive Director of Sussex County Habitat for Humanity.

“The Empowerment Grant Program continues to fund unique and important efforts to help those who need it most,” said Glenn Moore, Delmarva Power region vice president. “We look forward to seeing Habitat for Humanity bring this program to life and the benefits it will have for our customers in Sussex County.”

Additional program details about the EGP, including program qualifications, requirements and how to submit proposals can be found at: www.empowergrantde.org.  A Facebook page – @EmpowerGrantDE; and a Twitter account – @EmpowerGrantDE; are also available for public interaction and information 

About Empowerment Grant 

Energize Delaware was selected to be the grant manager for $4 million in funds designated for low income energy efficient programs for Delmarva Power customers. The funds originated from the Exelon\Delmarva Power Merger Settlement approved by the Delaware Public Service Commission. Energize Delaware will distribute the funds competitively to organizations capable of delivering energy efficiency programs to low income customers over a three-year period. Two distinct energy efficiency programs will be funded. Large-Scale energy efficiency programs and Community-Scale programs. Additional program details, including program qualifications, requirements and how to submit proposals can be found on the EGP website: www.empowergrantde.org.  A Facebook page – @EmpowerGrantDE; and a Twitter account – @EmpowerGrantDE; are also available for public interaction and information 

About Sussex County Habitat for Humanity Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is part of a global, nonprofit housing organization operated on Christian principles that seeks to put God’s love into action by building homes, communities and hope. Sussex County Habitat for Humanity is dedicated to eliminating substandard housing locally and worldwide through constructing, rehabilitating and preserving homes; by advocating for fair and just housing policies; and by providing training and access to resources to help families improve their shelter conditions.  Habitat for Humanity was founded on the conviction that every man, woman and child should have a simple, durable place to live in dignity and safety, and that decent shelter in decent communities should be a matter of conscience and action for all.  For more information or to donate, visit SussexCountyHabitat.org.

WBOC featured the presentation of the $100,000 check to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity. The story can be found here.


Photo Caption: Presentation of Ceremonial $100,000 check to Sussex County Habitat for Humanity for insulated skirting for manufactured homes. (L to R) Jim Purcell, Grant Manager, Empowerment Grant Program; Michael D’Ovidio, Neighborhood Revitalization Manager, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity; Kevin Gilmore, Execute Director, Sussex County Habitat for Humanity; Drew Slater, Public Advocate, Delaware Division of the Public Advocate; Reverend Tesha Miller, Board Member with Sussex County Habitat for Humanity

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