Fiscal Year 2020 Appropriations…Finally!
Congress finished up appropriations for FY 2020 just before Christmas. The outcome for our programs was amazing. The Home Weatherization Assistance Program (HWAP) saw the largest increase since ARRA, with funding increasing from $257 million to $308.5 million, a 20% increase. The Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) also received an increase of $50 million, for total funding of $3.74 billion.
What does this mean for Ohio? HWAP funding will likely increase by $2.4 million over the $15.7 million provided in FY 2019, for a total of $18.1 million. HEAP Weatherization funding is a function of two factors, the roughly $1 million increase in funding to $153.9 million, and the new 25% transfer to weatherization, which means that roughly $36 million will be allocated to weatherization activities.
In the Reports on the bill funding HWAP, the managers indicated support for the concept of neighborhood weatherization, similar to the work HAP CAP, Scioto County, and COAD have done in Murray City, Nelsonville, and Portsmouth. Rep. Kaptur is pushing the concept, and her staff has indicated she would love to see a project in the area she represents. OPAE has started discussions with NeighborWorks and Pathway, our Toledo members, as well as FirstEnergy and Columbia Gas, on building a partnership to tackle a neighborhood in the Representative’s district.