According to the calendar, it's still summer. But with Labor Day in the rear-view mirror, and a bit of a chill in the air in the Mon-Yough area these past few nights, fall is obviously just around the corner.
And even if you're not ready to put away your short-sleeved shirts yet, it's time to start thinking about winter.
That's according to LuEthel Nesbit, program administrator in the Mon Valley office of the non-profit agency ACTION-Housing. Nesbit says now is the time for residents to start thinking about winterizing their homes.
"A lot of times, people wait until it gets cold outside, and then it's too late," says Nesbit, who also serves as a McKeesport city councilwoman. "Once the money runs out, it runs out."
Last year, she says, ACTION-Housing provided weatherization assistance to 226 households through the U.S. Department of Energy and to an additional 82 households through the state's Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, or LIHEAP.
Heating and air-conditioning repairs and replacements were made for 716 households through the state Department of Public Assistance LIHEAP crisis program, Nesbit says.
ACTION-Housing is able to help homeowners as well as renters with attic insulation, window repairs, sealing leaky doors, insulating water heaters and pipes, doing safety checks on furnaces and conducting general home energy assessments.
Nesbit says the help is designed to make homes more energy efficient --- and save homeowners money on electric and gas bills --- as well as more comfortable.
Income restrictions apply, she says. A single person living alone must make $24,120 or less per year, while a family of four must have an annual income of $49,200 or less.
People who are renting a house or an apartment must get their landlord's approval to use the ACTION-Housing program, Nesbit says.
The Mon Valley office serves the entire Mon-Yough, Woodland Hills and Steel Valley area from the city of Pittsburgh line down to West Elizabeth and Jefferson Hills.
For more information, call Nesbit at (412) 678-8622, extension 4, or visit ACTION-Housing's website.
Persons outside the Mon Valley can call Mitzi Shannon at (412) 281-2102, extension 2101; people in Washington and Greene counties should call lJoy Satcho at (724) 483-2399, extension 201.
Photo by Community Environmental Center via Flickr, licensed under Creative Commons CC BY-NC 2.0.
Originally published September 08, 2017.