NECAC Highlights Weatherization Program in Hannibal

by Abbey Gerveler

Last week, the North East Community Action Corporation (NECAC) hosted a Weatherization Day demonstration in one Hannibal home as part of an effort to foreground the agency’s Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP).

NECAC crews worked diligently throughout the day on Wednesday to weather-proof Cora Glenn’s home in preparation for the cold winter months ahead. Glenn said keeping her home warm the last three winters has been challenging with a space heater as her only source of heat. She spoke joyously of her decision to seek out NECAC’s program, which she said has exceeded her expectations throughout the weatherization process.
So far, Glenn has received a new furnace, a total electrical system examination with repairs, and a new heat pump. NECAC crew members installed a new window capable of being opened on Wednesday in the home’s kitchen. Others worked to seal off cracks and spaces susceptible to leaking in cold air.
“NECAC blessed me with the furnace and the weatherization project,” said Glenn. “They’re helping me put on storm windows because the last three winters there have been sheets of ice on the inside of my windows and so this is going to make a huge difference. They’re so kind and so efficient and thorough.”

NECAC’s WAP serves around 300 qualified homes per year, providing a variety of energy efficient measures based on the gross income of all household members. $700,000 is the WAP’s total budget according to NECAC officials. WAP services include but are not partial to insulation, repair of windows and doors, general air sealing, and tending to the housing’s furnace.
“Today we’re highlighting our weatherization program,” said Carla Potts, NECAC Deputy Director for Housing Development. “This is national weatherization month, and we wanted to highlight right before winter comes how much warmer this lady’s home is because of the work that’s been done. She got a new furnace. We’ve weather-striped and caulked in windows. Weatherization does everything to make the home more energy efficient.”

Anyone living in the nine rural counties of Lewis, Macon, Marion, Monroe, Montgomery, Pike, Ralls, Randolph, and Shelby, or the three metropolitan counties of Lincoln, St. Charles and Warren can get signed up for NECAC’s Weatherization Assistance Program. For more information about the program, please call (573) 324-2251. Applications can be completed at necac.org and must be taken to your local County Service Center.