Story provided by Lorain County Community Action Agency

Residents of two apartment complexes in Lorain have efficient appliances thanks to LCCAA’s Community Connections program.
LCCAA facilitated the replacement of every refrigerator at both Pearl Village and Westgate Gardens Apartments. Pearl Village includes 80 units and Westgate Gardens 50. Both buildings are subsidized by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development.

“These residents qualify for subsidized housing but still need to keep their utility bills under control,” said Planning and Community Services Director Frank Prihoda. “They also need refrigeration they can count on since their food budgets are also limited.”

The new 16.5-cubic-inch GE refrigerators were delivered and installed by Lowe’s during March and April. Prihoda credited recently retired Client Services Coordinator Bob McDonald with bringing the project to fruition.

“A project of this size involves a ton of eligibility verification, working with property owners and with the Ohio Partners for Affordable Energy as well as Ohio Edison and Lowe’s,” he said. “Bob’s tenacity got this done.”

McDonald retired from the agency on March 31, 2019.

According to property managers, residents were very pleased with their new appliances and grateful for the courtesy and efficiency of the installation crews.

New Client Services Coordinator Colette Park said the agency is always accepting applications for the Community Connections Program.