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GETCAP helping low-income East Texas families with weatherization

Greater East Texas Community Action Program Weatherization Coordinator Kelsey Roberts reviews a new heater with client Katherine Morris.  (Source: KTRE Staff) Greater East Texas Community Action Program Weatherization Coordinator Kelsey Roberts reviews a new heater with client Katherine Morris. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Correct amounts of insulation are placed in clients’ homes. Some have very little or none at all. (Source: KTRE Staff) Correct amounts of insulation are placed in clients’ homes. Some have very little or none at all. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Approved clients pay nothing. Some write thank you notes and letters to express their appreciation. (Source: KTRE Staff) Approved clients pay nothing. Some write thank you notes and letters to express their appreciation. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

There are many low-income families in the area whose homes are not properly weatherized.

Greater East Texas Community Action Program has a growing list of clients needing necessary changes to withstand the colder weather.

Katherine Morris isn't worried about an arctic blast. For the first time, the woman on a fixed income has efficient heating. 

"It comes on by itself,” Morris said. “If it's cool in here then it pops on."

Greater East Texas Community Action weatherization coordinator Kelsey Roberts is seeing that hundreds of low-income rural East Texans receive the protection they need from extreme heat and cold.

"You see like gaps there where air is leaking through,” Roberts said.

Community Action orders caulk by the truckload. Contractors’ “to do list” includes installing insulation, safe heating and cooling devices, new windows, and weather stripping. 

"Through October we had helped 222 households this year,” Roberts said.

At least another hundred households will receive weatherization updates over the next two months. The demand will grow as the region grows. GETCAP weatherization now serves 30 East Texas counties.

"We just took on more contractors to keep the flow going,” Roberts said.

Weatherization focuses on energy saving measures that reduce home energy consumption. 
There is no cost to the occupant, but many express their gratitude.

"These are all the thank you notes we get from clients,” Roberts said.

Roberts displays the letters on his door. He heard Katherine Morris' appreciation in person.

"I'm grateful because God has given us this place and given them the opportunity to serve to the community, so it's just a big help,” Morris said. “And I'm very grateful."

The quickest way to apply to Community Action's weatherization is to refer to the website.

Homeowners in the cold this week are encouraged to seek warm shelter with friends or family. If that's not possible, use heaters safely as directed. 

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