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8/7/2014 - West Side Leader
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By Staff Writer

State officials help Ohioans beat the heat

OHIO — The Ohio Development Services Agency and local community action agencies across the state are accepting applications for the Home Energy Assistance Summer Crisis Program. The program helps eligible Ohioans purchase an air conditioner or fan and/or assist in the payment of an electric bill.

To be eligible, Ohioans must be at or below 175 percent of the federal poverty guidelines and have either an elderly member of the household (60 or older) or provide physician documentation that cooling assistance is needed for a household member’s health.

This year, the program also will provide assistance to customers of unregulated utilities such as electric cooperatives and municipal utilities.

For more information, call 800-282-0880 or visit www.energyhelp.ohio.gov.

 

Habitat for Humanity, Akron partnering in neighborhood revitalization program

AKRON — Akron and Habitat for Humanity of Summit County Inc. (HFHSC) have partnered together for the 2014 build season to deconstruct 200 homes in the Akron area.

According to HFHSC officials, deconstruction is the process of systematically removing a structure by taking it apart with the goal of maximizing reuse and recycling. It’s an effort to reduce the carbon footprint of demolishing a home. This neighborhood revitalization initiative also helps create safer neighborhoods by eliminating blight, according to HFHSC officials.

“The City of Akron is proud to partner with Habitat for Humanity in a ‘green’ program to effectively take down vacant and abandoned homes in our neighborhoods,” said Akron Mayor Don Plusquellic. “This program utilizes sustainability efforts to reuse and recycle construction materials from homes the city finds uninhabitable, instead of those materials ending up in our landfills. The items sold and dollars raised from materials repurposed are used to support Habitat for Humanity so that they can build new construction homes that are energy efficient under its homeownership program that serves low- to moderate-income families.”

According to Rochelle Fisher, president and CEO of HFHSC, this is the third year the organization has partnered with the City of Akron to eliminate blight in neighborhoods.

“We have saved several tons of materials from the landfills over this time and reclaimed some beautiful architectural pieces from Akron’s housing stock,” Fisher said. “Additionally, we have gained partnerships with other cities in Summit County, including the City of Fairlawn, Bath Township, Twinsburg Township, City of Stow, City of Barberton, as well as private homeowners whose homes are being torn down for various reasons.”

HFHSC officials estimate 60 percent to 80 percent of the materials in such homes can be salvaged instead of being disposed of. The process reduces waste, lessens the need to use new building materials, reduces the need for extracting new resources and makes low-cost used materials available to the consumer. Materials such as metal, concrete and wood that cannot be reused can be recycled, officials added.

For details, contact Fisher, at 330-745-7734, ext. 203, or habitat@hfhsummitcounty.org.

 

Stephanie Kist and Maria Lindsay contributed to these reports.

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