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National Weatherization Day: Good Day to Warm Up SD Homes

October 28, 2010

YANKTON, S.D. - As the mercury dips and energy bills rise, the South Dakota Department of Social Services (DSS) is reaching out to low-income South Dakotans to help heat things up. Weatherization Day is being observed in South Dakota on Saturday, and DSS spokesperson Emily Currey suggests that is a good time sign up for help.

The Weatherization Assistance Program helps homeowners with limited resources safely brace for falling temperatures, she says.

"It covers things such as weather stripping of doors and windows; caulking; sealing cracks and holes in a building structure; insulating attics, walls, maybe under floors; and repair or help replace a non-functional heating system."

Households with incomes at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty guidelines are eligible.

Currey says the work is done on a first-come, first-served basis, so South Dakotans should sign up now.

"No matter where you are at we have over 60 different offices throughout the state of South Dakota. You can stop in and visit your local DSS office, and a benefits specialist will help you with the application process."

Currey says there is still some question about federal funding for 2011 but for this budget year the state has over $24 million to allocate to low-income households, split between energy assistance and weatherization assistance.

More information is available at http://.dss.sd.gov.

Dick Layman, Public News Service - SD