News Releases

County Weatherization Office has Moved

Upper Chichester - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) Weatherization Assistance Program has moved to CAADC’s Boothwyn Office.  The Weatherization Assistance Program was previously in Essington but now joins CAADC’s Administrative Offices and Social Services Program at 1414 Meetinghouse Road in Boothwyn, PA 19061.  CAADC is creating a One Stop Shop of available social services for low-income families in Delaware County.  Consolidating its programs will allow CAADC to more efficiently and effectively serve its clients.

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 provides quality energy education and home conservation modifications.  The program can help reduce heating bills by 20-30%.  All services are free of charge.  Residents in need of Weatherization can call (610) 521-8770.

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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Congregation Ohev Shalom Supports CAADC

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) received a grant of $4,300 from Congregation Ohev Shalom in Wallingford.  The grant will be used to support CAADC’s Recreation Therapy Program. 

The Recreation Therapy Program’s objective is to design and implement activities and strategies targeted to break the potential generational cycle of homelessness.  Program components include a Recreation Therapist, assessment and therapy, After School Tutoring Program, After Camp program, Parent-Child Programs and special events.  The program is based out of CAADC’s Family Management Center, a homeless shelter for families, located in Chester. 

Edward T. Coleman, CAADC CEO, stated “Congregation Ohev Shalom is an extremely caring congregation that supports us in so many ways.  We are very thankful for their support of our Recreation Therapy Program which will continue to help homeless families and their children.” 

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Genuardi Family Foundation Supports Community Action Agency

Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) recently received a grant of $3,000 from the Genuardi Family Foundation.  The grant will be used to support CAADC’s Case Management Program.  CAADC provides case management services as part of its three homeless shelters, transitional housing programs, workforce development programs, Veteran programs and for families facing a housing crisis.  Mr. Coleman stated, “We truly appreciate the continued support of the Genuardi Family Foundation.  They really care about our community and have helped many families stabilize their housing situations and move towards self-sufficiency.”

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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Help Available for Veterans Facing a Housing Crisis

Boothwyn, PA - Help is available in Delaware County for Veterans facing a housing crisis.  Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) and the Salvation Army (SA) continue to partner for the Supportive Services for Veteran Families (SSVF) Program.  The goal of the SSVF Program is to provide supportive services to low-income Veteran families living in or transitioning to permanent housing.  The program provides eligible Veteran families with outreach, case management, and assistance in obtaining VA and other benefits.  In addition, the program may also provide time-limited payments to third parties (e.g. landlords, utility companies, etc.) if these payments help Veteran families stay in or acquire permanent housing on a sustainable basis. 

Since the SSVF program began CAADC and the SA have enrolled over 400 Veteran families, provided financial assistance to over 300 families and 255 families have successfully exited to stable housing.

Income eligibility guidelines do apply.  Veterans needing assistance can call CAADC at (610) 874-8451.

This program is funded by a grant from the United States Department of Veteran Affairs.  The opinions, findings, and conclusions stated herein are those of CAADC and do not necessarily reflect those of the United States Department of Veteran Affairs. 

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Training Program for Eligible Youth

Boothwyn - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc.‘s (CAADC) out-of-school youth training programs are now accepting applications from eligible youth.  The two programs are the Building Trades Training Program and the Pharmacy Technician Training Program. 

Both programs are designed to help out-of-school youth gain the skills for a rewarding career including obtaining required credentials and industry recognized certifications.  The Building Trades Training Program provides instruction in the construction and maintenance fields and includes a paid work experience.  CAADC has partnered with Delaware County Community College for its Pharmacy Technician Training Program which will provide instruction to become a pharmacy technician leading to employment in hospitals and community pharmacies.  This program includes Pharmacy Technician Certification and an externship.
There are a limited number of available slots though and applicants must meet the following requirements:
- Be between the ages of 17 and 24
- Currently reside in Delaware County
- Not enrolled in High School

Income eligibility guidelines do apply.  Slots are filling up fast so call today to see if you are eligible.  Contact Jennifer Lavoie at (610) 874-8451 if you are interested in the Building Trades Training Program.  Contact Gail King also at (610) 874-8451 if you are interested in the Pharmacy Technician Training Program. 

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Community Action Agency Named Top Workplace 2018

Boothwyn - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) was selected as one of “The Top Workplaces 2018” for the Philadelphia Region.  This is the eighth year that CAADC has appeared on the list. 

CAADC was chosen by Philly.com based on their survey of current employees.  The goal was to uncover the best employers in the Philadelphia region from the workers’ point of view.  Over 36,000 employees were surveyed by Energage of Exton to compile this list.  Employees completed an anonymous survey rating organizational health factors that measure how well employees are working toward a common cause.  The employee survey covered seven areas including Alignment, Effectiveness, Connection, My Manager, Employee Engagement, Leader and The Basics.  Only 125 local businesses were selected for this impressive list that covered public, private, nonprofit or governmental employers with headquarters or major operations in the region. 

CAADC was selected as a winner in the Small Companies category and was recognized in a special section on Philly.com.  Edward T. Coleman, CEO of CAADC, stated “While our ultimate mission is to help low-income families reach self-sufficiency, we also strive to foster a work environment that is rewarding, uplifting, engaging and supportive.  This award is gratifying to receive as we have succeeded with reaching the objective of being a top local place to work.  It is great to see our employees acknowledge our efforts.”  The full posting can be found at: http://www.philly.com/philly/business/workplaces/.

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Top Shelter Chef Contest Raises Over $13,000 for CAADC Shelters

Boothwyn - Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer, announced that the 6th Annual Top Shelter Chef Contest raised over $13,000 for Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) homeless shelters.  This unique and fun event was held on April 28th at St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church in Upper Darby.  Four groups from the community that serve dinners to homeless individuals at the Life Center Feeding Program provided samples to all attendees and vied to be named the Top Shelter Chef 2018. 

The shelters that will benefit include the Wesley House, Family Management Center and the Life Center of Eastern Delaware County.  The four community groups that participated included St. Demetrios Greek Orthodox Church, Ahmadiyya Muslim Community, Reformation Lutheran Church in Media, and Temple Lutheran Church in Havertown.  In a close vote by the attendees Temple Lutheran Church was declared the winner.     

If you would like to support the homeless families and individuals in Delaware County please makes checks payable to Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. and mail to Save Our Shelters (S.O.S.) Campaign, c/o CAADC, 1414 Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn, PA 19061.  You may also go on the CAADC website at http://www.caadc.org and click on the Donate button.

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Community Action Agency Receives Award from Congregation Beth Israel

Boothwyn - Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) was recently honored by receiving the 2018 “Friend of the Community Award” from Congregation Beth Israel.  As part of its commitment to “Tikkum Olam,” the Hebrew phrase meaning “Healing the World,” the Social Action Committee of Beth Israel and Senior Rabbi Linda Potemken presented the award to CAADC Chief Executive Officer, Edward T. Coleman, on May 4th, 2018.  The event occurred at Congregation Beth Israel located at 542 South New Middletown Road, Media, PA 19063.  The award noted CAADC’s key role in reducing poverty and offering assistance in housing, employment and social services.  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. 

Picture:  CAADC’s Chief Executive Officer (r) receives the Beth Israel Social Action Committee’s “Friend of the Community” Award from Senior Rabbi Linda Potemken (l).

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May is National Community Action Month

Boothwyn, PA - May is National Community Action Month.  Locally Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) is joining over 1,000 Community Action Agencies nationwide celebrating our efforts helping low-income people move towards self-sufficiency and economic stability.  National Community Action Month highlights Community Action Agencies’ work helping millions of families and individuals escape poverty and achieve economic stability each year.  Community Action Agencies have been supporting their local communities for over 54 years carrying out the Promise of Community Action to Help People and Change Lives. 

CAADC CEO Edward T. Coleman stated “Community Action Month is a wonderful time to honor and celebrate the impact Community Action has in the lives of families and communities across the country.  Agencies are successful every day in helping families achieve economic security.” 

Community Action Agencies were established in 1964 as part of the federal Economic Opportunity Act signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson.  Now 99% of the counties in America are served by a Community Action Agency with life-changing services that create pathways to prosperity.  Last year CAADC helped over 8,000 individuals with assistance in Delaware County. 

CAADC, a non-profit corporation, 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 helping families facing an economic crisis.  CAADC’s website is http://www.caadc.org and residents can call (610) 874-8451 for assistance.

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Program Can Help During Tough Financial Time

Boothwyn - There are many families in Delaware County that cannot afford to sufficiently provide a healthy and nutritious diet for their children.  There are also many seniors that cannot make ends meet anymore during difficult financial times.  They often do not realize, especially families that are working, that they may be eligible for Food Stamps, also now known as Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).  Across the United States there are 9.5 million families with children on SNAP.  SNAP is the largest program in the domestic hunger safety net helping put food on the table for low-income residents.  The Community Action Agency of Delaware County, Inc. (CAADC) continues to help these families through the SNAP/Food Stamp Participation Project.  The Project annually helps over 350 families register for assistance. 

The Project is an outreach program to assist low-income individuals and families in understanding and applying for participation in the SNAP/Food Stamp Program.  Eligible applicants do not even need to go into the Welfare Office to apply but can do it through CAADC’s Program.  Many people who would be eligible for the SNAP/Food Stamp Program do not apply because they believe that they have to be on Welfare to be receiving SNAP/Food Stamps or because they do not want to use paper Food Stamps at a grocery store.  However, participants do not have to be receiving Welfare benefits to be eligible.  In addition, participants now use a card similar to a bank ATM card instead of paper stamps.
 
Edward T. Coleman, Chief Executive Officer of CAADC, stated, “Many families pay so much towards rent, utility costs and gas that they can’t afford a healthy and plentiful diet.  SNAP/Food Stamps can help them reach this vital goal for themselves and their children.”

For a confidential screening to find out if you qualify please call Angela Jefferson at 610-874-8451.  Ms. Jefferson is also available to speak to community groups about the program.

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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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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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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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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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