I. Total Amount of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 funds received from Department of Energy: $56M II. The initial amount of recovery funds received from Department of Energy: $23M III. List of All Projects or Activities Obligated and Expended with Recovery Funds: A. Kansas Housing Resources’ Multifamily : Weatherization Assistance Program : Kansas Multifamily Weatherization Program
B. Description of Project and Activity: 1. The State of Kansas Weatherization Assistance Program was designed to make eligible, low-income multi- family dwellings more energy efficient. 2. Every housing unit underwent an audit to determine the level of air infiltration that occurred in the unit. Once such was determined, the weatherization work began. 3. The weatherization is designed to seal the outer envelope of the home (insulation, caulking, etc.) 4. Energy efficient appliances were installed through health and safety factors or due to age factors. Kansas Multifamily Weatherization Program
B. Description of Project or Activity: 1. Kansas targeted multi-family units occupied by income eligible individuals and families. 2. Priority focus was the elderly, individuals with disabilities and families with children. 3. KHRC research indicated a very high number of multi-family units needing weatherization. 4. 15 year old units became the priority targets of the program. 5. Weatherization assistance program presentations were scheduled in numerous regions of the State for “buy-in.” Kansas Multifamily Weatherization Program
C. Initial Stages of Staffing the Project and Subsequent Activity: 1. Classified ads placed in newspapers and other outlets to recruit five individuals 2. Interviews scheduled and completed (8 scheduled from 148 applicants) 3. Second interviews scheduled for top six applicants 4. Human Resource paperwork completed 5. Training scheduled and completed for two of six applicants 6. Training scheduled for three of six applicants 7. Begin to identify multi-family units for WAP services Kansas Multifamily Weatherization Program
D. Estimated Number of Jobs Created and the Number of Jobs Retained by the Project or Activity: 6 1. KHRC –Hiring of six weatherization monitoring staff ($276,000) 2. Hiring of one intake staff ($ 30,000) 3. Purchase of six Ford pick-ups($121,524) 4. Purchase five FLIR infra-red cameras ($ 21,400) 5. Purchase of five blower-doors ($ 14,093) 6. Revision of Management Information System ($ 9,600) – local/state vendor 7. Provided two weeks of weatherization certification training at the Training Center (Kansas Building Sciences Institute) 1. Kansas Multifamily Weatherization Program
Detailed information on Subcontracts or Sub grants awarded by KHRC included: Data Elements to Comply with the Federal Funding Accountability and Transparency Act of 2006. Kansas Multifamily Weatherization Program
G. Ensuring awareness/knowledge of all key individuals regarding ARRA/Weatherization related issues for priority responsiveness: 1. DOE staff 2. NASCSP staff 3. Governor for the State of Kansas 4. Legislative Post Audit 5. Federal congressional staff and State legislative staff 6. KHRC’s independent auditors 7. USDA/Rural Development staff 8. HUD staff 9. Department of Labor staff Kansas Multifamily Weatherization Program
Al Dorsey Director of Housing with Supportive Services Kansas Housing Resources Corporation firstname.lastname@example.org
Objective: To show everyone how a rural state like Kansas was able to have the 8 th most multi-family units completed during ARRA. To let you see some projects that we have completed. To answer any question that you may have.
We had to ask ourselves some questions. Where can we get the money to fund this program? Who would get the most out of our efforts? What are some of the things we are going to need? How are we going to get the work done? How are we going to process payments? How are we going to do this STATE wide?
Where can we get the money to fund this program? Traditional DOE funds had rules that limited the use of their funds on larger complexes. Utility companies were not willing to fund us. Then in 2008 we began to hear rumors that the Federal government was going to give the state a lot of money. The rest is right now and almost history.
Who would get the most out of our efforts? Income guidelines were higher and the 20% rule was lifted. So we came up with a three fold approach to spend the money: Our existing network would receive a part of the ARRA and DOE dollars. We used some of our LIEAP funds to fund an appliance replacement program. But the lion share went to the Multi-family weatherization program. In Kansas we had hundreds of R.D., Tax Credit, And Section 8 Properties that were in need.
What are some of the things we are going to need? We made a public announcement about the direction of our program. We needed to create forms like; property and client applications, inspection forms, waivers and releases, bid forms, project tracking, contracts, specifications…. We needed people to do the inspections, contractors to do the work, and support staff. We also needed trucks, equipment and a ton of training for inspectors and contractors.
How are we going to get the work done? Once application started to come in be began to inspecting the properties. Once we had a scope of work approved we then decided to contact contractors for bids. We had to be very flex able with everything that we were doing. We hired several people to inspect, process paperwork, and manage contractors.
How are we going to process payments? You would think that this would have been the easiest part of the process but it wasn’t for the following reasons: Davis Bacon Lien Releases Contractors Invoice Vendors Our own internal process Etc…
How are we going to do this STATE wide? Kansas is the 15 th largest state. Kansas covers over 82,000 square miles. So we divide the state into three different regions. Each division had a mix of rural and urban area to draw from. Each division was assigned an inspector/ project manager Each inspector was responsible for managing the project and inspecting the work that was completed.
Lets walk thru some project that we have completed.