News Releases

Fox & Roach Charities Supports Community Action Agency

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $1,676 donation from Fox & Roach Charities.  This donation will support CAADC’s Life Center of Eastern Delaware County.  The Life Center is a fifty (50)-bed emergency shelter facility serving homeless individuals in Delaware County.  The shelter is located at 6310 Market Street in Upper Darby.  In addition to providing over 150 persons with shelter during the year, the Life Center provides additional support services designed to move clients along the continuum of care to self-sufficiency and to provide them with basic needs including a nightly meal program.  Mr. Coleman stated, “We truly appreciate the continued support of Fox & Roach Charities.  This generous donation shows how much Fox & Roach cares about the communities in which it operates.” 

The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. has been Delaware County’s designated anti-poverty agency since 1979. The non-profit agency provides a wide range of services aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency for low-income individuals.  The Agency’s website is http://www.caadc.org and can be reached at (610) 833-4442.

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Community Action Agency’s Offices Have Moved

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) Administrative Offices have moved from Media to its Boothwyn location.  CAADC’s Administrative Offices have joined with its Social Service Programs at 1414 Meetinghouse Road in Boothwyn, PA 19061.  Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. has been Delaware County’s designated anti-poverty agency since 1979. The non-profit agency provides a wide range of services aimed at encouraging self-sufficiency for low-income individuals and families. 

CAADC renovated a former elementary school to create 36,000 square feet of office space.  Renovations included installing a geothermal HVAC system to make the site more energy efficient.  Services offered out of the location include rental assistance, utility assistance, youth programs, workforce development programs, free tax preparation, Veteran services and a variety of other assistance to help Delaware County families achieve self-sufficiency.  In addition, CAADC serves as the county’s lead coordinated-entry agency for homeless services in Delaware County. 

CEO Edward T. Coleman stated, “We look forward to providing our critical services to families and senior citizens more efficiently and effectively with our recent move.”

Residents in need of assistance can call (610) 874-8451 to reach CAADC’s Social Service Programs.  The Administrative Office can now be reached at (610) 833-4442.  CAADC’s website is http://www.caadc.org.     

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6th Annual Top Shelter Chef Contest Supporting CAADC Homeless Shelter”

Amateur chefs from Delaware County churches will don their aprons and face-off for the honor of “Top Shelter Chef” in a fundraiser to benefit three Delaware County shelters.  The 6th Annual “Top Shelter Chef Contest” is scheduled for Saturday, April 28th, 2018 at 5:00 p.m. at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church (located at 229 Powell Lane in Upper Darby, PA 19082). 

The contest will benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) Save Our Shelters (S.O.S.) Campaign.  The S.O.S. Campaign supports CAADC’s emergency shelters serving families and individuals from all of Delaware County including the Family Management Center, Life Center of Eastern Delaware County and the Wesley House.  Funding from the S.O.S. Campaign has been vital to the continued operation of these homeless shelters.  Currently, 50 different volunteer groups cook and serve meals at the Life Center on a rotating basis. The contest will feature volunteers from those organizations who will provide samples to all attendees and vie for the title of “Top Shelter Chef 2018.” 

Tickets for the event are $25 and all proceeds will benefit CAADC’s shelters. Attendance is limited. Tickets may be purchased by clicking the “TICKETS” button at http://www.caadc.org.  Tickets may also be purchased by calling CAADC at the 610-833-4454.  If you are unable to attend but would like to donate to the S.O.S. Campaign, you may click on the “DONATE” button at http://www.caadc.org or make checks payable to Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. and mail to Save Our Shelters Campaign, c/o CAADC, 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061. 

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Applications Being Accepted for Lead Paint Hazard Control Program

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is now accepting applications for the Lead-Based Paint Hazard Control Program.  In this program, qualifying families who have a child age 5 or under may qualify for new windows and other repairs to help remediate lead paint hazards.  Once an application is received, CAADC staff meets with the applicant to explain the program in detail and discuss the hazard of lead-based paint in the home.  Next, a lead audit is performed by a licensed firm.  A report is prepared showing where lead paint exists in the home.  CAADC then prepares a scope of work detailing the steps that will be taken to remove or reduce the lead to acceptable levels.  This may include replacing doors and windows, installing new drywall, replacing trim and moldings, etc.  When the renovations are complete, another lead audit is performed to be sure that all lead has been removed or reduced to acceptable levels.  A copy of the final report, along with educational materials relating to lead hazards, is then given to the family.

To qualify, applicants must:
1. Meet certain income guidelines
2. Have a child age 5 or under at the time of application
3. Be a homeowner (renters are not eligible at this time), and
4. Be a resident of Delaware County (not all communities are eligible)

For more information or to receive an application, e-mail Debbie Brodeur at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).  This program is funded by the Delaware County Office of Housing and Community Development and the Lawrence County Community Action Partnership. 

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Letter to the Editor: Community Support During the Holiday,

January 18, 2018

To The Editor,

The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) has served as the County’s official anti-poverty agency since 1979.  Each year our Agency serves over 8,000 clients many of which are unable to provide for their families during the holiday season.  As we look back on the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays we would like to thank the hundreds of County residents who volunteered their time and made contributions to help their less fortunate neighbors.

This year over 500 needy County residents were provided with Thanksgiving dinner and over 400 residents received meals on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.  Over 50 volunteers participated in meal preparation and serving the food valued at over $12,000.  Amazingly over 1,500 children received their Christmas gifts through the generosity of County residents.  Overall the cash/toy donations were valued at over $175,000.  Thirty (30) different businesses, schools and places of worship served as collection sites for the toy donations while many individuals also showed their generosity.  These overwhelming efforts are truly a tribute to the caring and generosity of County residents. 

The Board of Directors of CAADC is committed to sharing 100% of every dollar collected directly to County residents with no administrative fees charged to these efforts.  Every dollar contributed stays in Delaware County and goes directly to those in need.   

Although we were pleased we could serve all 1,500 children, we are saddened that there are that many children in Delaware County that would have missed out on Christmas if not for these efforts.

Unfortunately, the need for our services continue long after the holiday season ends.  We continue to see an increase every winter in the number of residents that need fuel assistance to help keep warm.  Each night over 350 individuals, children and seniors reside in our emergency shelter and transitional housing facilities.  Every evening, 365 days per year, over 50 churches, mosques, and synagogues prepare and serve 200 meals to needy County residents at the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County in Upper Darby.  Our Veterans programs served over 100 Veterans who were facing homelessness.  Our housing rehabilitation program replaced roofs, heaters and made other health and safety housing repairs.  The majority of the repairs were for seniors with insufficient resources to make the repairs and faced becoming homeless or living in hazardous conditions.

These are only a few of the challenges we face each day to attempt to keep families intact and to keep our seniors, children and veterans from homelessness.

Our Agency will continue to aggressively pursue all available resources continue these programs.  We will also continue to design programs to encourage self-sufficiency such as our Welfare to Work, Case Management, Child Care, Financial Literacy and Energy Conservation initiatives.

We would like to thank all of our partners who support our efforts and encourage the community to remember the ongoing needs of their less fortunate neighbors now that the holiday season has passed.

Please visit our website at caadc.org or call 610.833-4442 to assist with our efforts.

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.

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CAADC Running Free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Sites

Media, PA - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is operating free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites for a twelfth year.  This year CAADC will be hosting four sites serving low- and moderate-income families in Delaware County.  All the sites will be staffed by IRS trained and certified community volunteers and will aim to serve families who qualify for the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit.  Last year CAADC assisted 1,000 households with completing their taxes.  The free sites will be located at the Wesley House at 701 Madison Street in Chester, PA 19013; Sharon Hill Commons at 401 Sharon Avenue in Sharon Hill, PA 19079; the Boothwyn Office, 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061; and at St. Alice Church, 150 Hampden Road, Upper Darby, PA 19082.

The sites begin operation on January 20th and will continue through April 17th.  All sites are by appointment only with hours occurring Monday through Saturday (days and hours vary at each site).  To schedule an appointment please call (610) 833-4455.

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Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has Mitten Tree Drive for CAADC

Media - The Delaware County Sheriff’s Office has completed its Mitten Tree Drive for 2017.  It was another successful year with all items received passed on to the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) for use by families needing housing and other services this winter.  Pictured are assistant Mitten Tree coordinators Megan Juliana and Donna Royer; Sheriff Mary McFall Hopper; Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC; and Kim Vito, 2017 Mitten Tree coordinator.

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MLK Day “Hoops From the Heart” Benefits CAADC

Media - Basketball players across the county will drive to the hoop on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to raise funds and food donations for the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc., the county’s anti-poverty agency that helps families and individuals to move toward self-sufficiency.
Called “Hoops From the Heart,” the MLK Day of Service initiative was started in 2002 and has since raised over $100,000 for Community Action Agency (CAADC) programs that serve low-income residents in Delaware County.
Four basketball clinics will be held from 9 a.m.-noon Monday, Jan. 15th, at Cabrini College in Radnor, Haverford College in Haverford, Neumann University in Aston, and Widener University in Chester.
The clinics, open to boys and girls in grades one through eight, will cover all aspects of fundamental play. Each player will get a complimentary T-shirt.  Cost for the clinic ranges from $20 - $30, depending on which school is hosting the clinic. Proceeds from the annual event will benefit the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, which provides services to needy families in our own communities. 
The athletic staff at each school will conduct the clinics.  Bobbi Morgan, the women’s basketball coach at Haverford College, was one of the people who created the Hoops from the Heart program.
All proceeds raised benefit CAADC programs, which include emergency housing, social services, employment training and life skills training. In addition to operating shelters and daycare facilities for individuals and families, the CAADC also provides many vital services including welfare-to-work programs, and food and fuel assistance. 
In addition, each athlete is asked to donate a non-perishable food item that will go to the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County, one of CAADC’s emergency housing programs. The Life Center is located at 63rd and Market streets, Upper Darby, and houses 50 homeless individuals and serves over 150 residents each year.  The Life Center also operates a feeding program that serves 200 - 250 people daily.
For information about the 17th Annual “Hoops From the Heart” event, contact Debbie Brodeur at CAADC at (484) 802-7708. 
To register, online forms are available at each school’s website, or by calling:
- Haverford College/Haverford Recreation Dept.: 610.446.9397 (Coach Bobbi Morgan)
- Neumann University: 484.840.4711 (Athletic Director Chuck Sack)
- Widener University: 610.499.4476 (Coach Alisa Kintner)
- Cabrini College: 610.902.1016 (Coach Kate Pearson)

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Letter to the Editor - Help for Low-Income Families with Heating Costs

To The Editor,
Winter has arrived and that means our heating bills are going to be going up.  This can be an especially difficult time for low-income families and senior citizens.  Low-income households typically spend 16.3% of their annual income on energy costs versus 3.5% for other households (2014 ORNL study).  However, there is help out there for families. Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) can help through our Weatherization Assistance Program and through LIHEAP (Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program) Crisis grants.  This is the perfect time to call before we get deeper into winter and waiting lists grow.

CAADC operates the Weatherization Assistance Program in Delaware County.  Weatherization reduces energy costs for low-income households by increasing the energy efficiency of their homes, while ensuring their health and safety.  Services include a home energy audit, energy usage evaluation, attic insulation, diagnostic air flow testing, heater services/repair/replacement, weather stripping and caulking, window and door repair replacement and energy conservation education.  Please call (610) 521-8770 to apply or with any questions.  Last year 541 homes were weatherized in Delaware County.  All services are free although income eligibility does apply as per the following guidelines:

Family Size   Income
      1           $24,120
      2           $32,480
      3           $40,840
      4           $49,200
      5           $57,560
Add $8,360 for each additional family member

The Low-Income Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) can help families in Delaware County in a variety of ways including Cash grants to help with heating bills; Crisis grants for families who have an emergency and are in danger of being without heat; and Weatherization grants that can help families insulate their houses and repair or replace heating systems to save money on heating.  To apply for a grant residents should go to the Delaware County Assistance Office (CAO) at 701 Crosby Street in Chester or apply on-line at http://www.compass.state.pa.us.  Applicants do not need to be on welfare to apply and can either rent or own their home.  Last year CAADC repaired or replaced 167 heaters in Delaware County.  Income eligibility is calculated according to the following guidelines: 

  Family Size       Income
      1                 $18,090
      2                 $24,360
      3                 $30,630
      4                 $36,900
      5                 $43,170
Add $6,270 for each additional family member
While this can be a difficult time for low-income families and seniors, we believe these programs can help keep families warm and safe.  Residents are encouraged to apply today before we get any further into winter. 

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer
Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.

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UPS Honored with Community Action Agency Private Sector Award

MEDIA- UPS was recently honored with the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) Private Sector Award at CAADC’s 38th Annual Meeting.  UPS has supported CAADC in a variety of way including staff volunteering at a shelter, providing a grant to purchase computers for financial literacy initiatives and residents at a homeless shelter, and serving on CAADC’s Board of Directors.

Picture:  CAADC’s Private Sector Award was presented to UPS at CAADC’s 38th Annual Meeting.  l-r: Tony Heath, John Eitel, Colleen Howe and Cory Logan from UPS. 

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Community Action Agency Needs Volunteers for its Free Community Tax Sites

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is seeking volunteers for its free Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) sites.  CAADC is looking for dedicated, enthusiastic individuals who would like to serve their community by helping low- and moderate income families in Delaware County complete their taxes.  Positions include volunteer screeners, greeters, tax preparers and quality reviewers.  No experience is necessary as training, IRS-certification and resources will be provided.  The Agency will be operating sites in Boothwyn, Upper Darby, Sharon Hill and Chester.  Last year CAADC helped nearly 1,000 families.  Volunteers should be able to commit to at least one 4-hour shift a week during the tax season (January 23rd - April 16th).  For more information please contact Patty Haynes at (610) 833-4455. 

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Walgreens Honored with Community Action Agency Private Sector Award

MEDIA- Walgreens was recently honored with the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) Private Sector Award at CAADC’s 38th Annual Meeting.  Walgreens has partnered with CAADC for its Pharmacy Technician Training Program.  This program offers courses through Delaware County Community College which prepares participants for the Pharmacy Technician Certification Board exam.  Participants also complete a paid externship at a local community pharmacy including at Walgreens.  Walgreens has also hired graduates from the program.  The program is funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act through the Delaware County Office of Workforce Development.  Interested participants can contact Gail King at CAADC at (610) 874-8451.

Picture:  CAADC’s Private Sector Award was presented to Walgreens at CAADC’s 38th Annual Meeting.  l-r: The Honorable Judge Barry Dozer; Zach Tallarida, Walgreens; Edward T. Coleman, CAADC CEO; Myron Stewart, Walgreens; Patrick G. Tomlinson, CAADC Board President.

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WSFS Bank Supports Community Action Agency

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $2,500 donation from WSFS Bank.  This donation will support CAADC’s Family Management Center with providing residents with the skills they need to succeed.  The Family Management Center is a homeless shelter located in Chester that provides homeless families from Delaware County with a safe and healthy living environment.  CAADC has an overall mission to help families reach self-sufficiency and this grant will help needy families from Delaware County to reach that goal.  Mr. Coleman stated, “We really appreciate all the support we are receiving WSFS Bank to support our homeless families.  This donation shows that they truly care about the communities in which they operate and our most vulnerable residents.” 

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M&T Bank Supports Community Action Agency

Media – Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a $7,500 donation from M&T Bank.  This donation will support CAADC’s financial literacy initiatives including providing economically disadvantaged residents with money management training and free tax assistance.  CAADC has an overall mission to help families reach self-sufficiency and this grant will help needy families from Delaware County to reach that goal.  Mr. Coleman stated, “M&T Bank is a great partner for helping our low-income families.  We truly appreciate the support of M&T Bank.  This generous donation shows M&T Bank’s commitment to its community.” 

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Congregation Ohev Shalom Supports Community Action Agency

Media – Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) received a grant of $3,200 from Congregation Ohev Shalom in Wallingford.  The grant will be used to purchase new computers for the After School Program at CAADC’s Kidz First Early Childhood Learning Center.

Kidz First Early Childhood Learning Center, located in Chester next to the Wesley House Shelter, is a licensed childcare facility providing childcare to shelters, transitional housing programs and low-income families from the City of Chester.  The computers will support children with completing their homework and improving their computer skills. 

Edward T. Coleman, CAADC CEO, stated “We truly appreciate all the support we receive from Congregation Ohev Shalom.  This is such a caring congregation that really cares about its community.” 

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October 30th is National Weatherization Day

MEDIA- October 30th is National Weatherization Day.  Weatherization provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans.  As the cold weather approaches, most families across the country are turning up their thermostats to combat dropping temperatures.  For low-income families, however, cranking up the heat is not always an option.  These families pay 16% or more of their annual incomes for energy.  However, Weatherization can help low-income families save an average of $283 per year. The Weatherization Program is available to help make low-income households more energy efficient. 

The Weatherization Assistance Program in Delaware County is administered by the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC).  The program provides quality energy education and home conservation modifications.  On average, the program reduces heating bills by 20-30%.  All services are free of charge.

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, urged, “This program can make a real tangible difference immediately to those already on a strained budget and continue to help them in the future.  This is an excellent time to call and get fast service before winter arrives and the program gets very busy.”

Funding for this program is provided by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development.  Income guidelines do apply.  To apply for the Weatherization Program or for additional information, residents can contact CAADC at (610) 521-8770.

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The UPS Foundation Supports Wesley House Shelter

Media - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) received a grant of $5,000 from The UPS Foundation to purchase new computers at the Wesley House Shelter.  The grant was recommended by UPS employees that had completed a volunteer project at the homeless shelter.

The Wesley House Shelter serves homeless families and single women from Delaware County.  The grant will be utilized for purchasing new computers for the shelter’s computer room.  The computers will support children with completing their homework and allow adults to conduct job and housing searches.  In addition, the computer room is used for CAADC’s Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program which provides free tax assistance and financial literacy instruction to eligible residents. 

Edward T. Coleman, CAADC CEO, stated “We truly appreciate the support of UPS.  This shows how much they care about their community.”   

The UPS Foundation drives global corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS.  Established in 1951 and based in Atlanta, Georgia, The UPS Foundation identifies specific areas where its backing clearly impacts social issues.  In support of this strategic approach, The UPS Foundation has identified the following focus areas for giving: volunteerism, diversity, community safety and the environment.

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CAADC, Inc. Undertakes Weatherization in Tri-County Area

Media - CAADC has been a long-time provider of Weatherization services in Delaware County.  The goal of the Weatherization Assistance Program is to help low-income families permanently reduce their energy bills by making their homes more energy efficient.  The program is designed to keep residents warm in the winter, cool in the summer, and safe all year long.  Weatherization provides a cost-effective permanent solution for reducing the heavy energy burden on low-income Americans.  The majority of Weatherization funding comes from the Federal Department of Energy.

Federal resources for Weatherization services have decreased dramatically.  Edward T. Coleman, CEO of CAADC, has been involved with Weatherization for the last 37 years.  Mr. Coleman started the Weatherization program in Lackawanna County in 1976 and has been involved ever since.  Mr. Coleman said “In all the years I have been involved with Weatherization we have never faced such a critical loss of resources.  It is unfortunate since job creation and energy independence are national priorities.  Weatherization effectively and efficiently focuses on both of those priorities.”

As a result of the funding reductions, the Agency providing service in Chester, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties notified the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) that they could no longer provide services to these counties.  The PA DCED asked CAADC to assume responsibility for administration in these counties in addition to Delaware County. 

Lynette Praster, Director of the Center for Community Services within the PA Department of Community and Economic Development which administers the Weatherization program in Pennsylvania, said “CAADC now covers not only Delaware County, but also Lebanon, Lancaster and Chester Counties.  This was done through a combination of existing hires, subcontract agreements with neighboring Community Action Weatherization providers and additional subcontractor staff.  Thus far, it has worked out very well.”

CAADC began providing services in September of 2012 and to date 169 households have received services in Chester, Lancaster and Lebanon Counties.  This Tri-County partnership has been able to avoid a gap in services for this part of Pennsylvania while operating the program in a cost efficient and effective manner.  Residents interested in applying for services from these counties or Delaware County should call (610) 521-8770.

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Weatherization Available to the Public with Revenue Supporting CAADC

MEDIA - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) has a new opportunity available to home owners, landlords and business owners to help them save on energy costs.  CAADC has been providing Weatherization services to eligible low-income families for thirty (30) years.  Now CAADC is making this service available to the public at a very affordable cost.  A portion of the revenue will support the Agency’s social service programs which helps over 30,000 needy individuals each year.

By sealing gaps in a property and insulating attics and roofs, Weatherization can save a household up to 30 - 35% during the winter and the summer.  Potential improvements include attic insulation and venting, sidewall insulation, furnace repair or replacement, heating duct insulation, replacement of damaged windows and doors, and air sealing of windows, doors and other air gaps in a home. 

Mr. Coleman stated “We are excited to take our years of experience providing this service and make it available to the general public and local businesses.  We will help them to save money while also generating funds to support our Agency.” 

Financing options are available including home loans as low as 1%. CAADC will help customers through the application process.  Interested residents and businesses should call 610-521-8770 to schedule an initial Home Energy Audit or for more information.  With the selection of the recommended energy saving measures, the fee for the Home Energy Audit (valued at $350) will be waived.  CAADC"s Weatherization crews are certified by the State of Pennsylvania and the Environmental Protection Agency. 

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