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Governor Sisolak Tours Weatherization Program at HELP of Southern Nevada as Part of Nevada Climate Series 2022

The Weatherization Assistance program provides energy conservation measures for low income households.

Photo from Vegas Business Digest

Today, Governor Steve Sisolak toured HELP of Southern Nevada to discuss the weatherization program funded by state and federal funding and was shown demonstrations of the program as part of the Nevada Climate Series 2022.

The Weatherization Assistance program provides energy conservation measures for low income households. For eligible homeowners and renters, there is no direct cost to participate in the program. Examples of energy conservation measures include:

  • Change air and furnace filters
  • Repair broken windows
  • Installation of solar screens
  • Swap out incandescent light bulbs for LEDs
  • Heating and air conditioning repairs and replacements
  • Refrigerator efficiency checks
  • And other energy saving devices may be repaired or replaced

Nevada has applied for $24 million in Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act funds to expand Nevada’s Weatherization Assistance program.

Photo from the Governor's Office

The Governor was joined by representatives from HELP of Southern Nevada, the Nevada Housing Division and the Nevada Rural Housing Authority as well as clients whose homes have been weatherized through the program.

For details on how to apply for the Weatherization Assistance Program, please contact HELP of Southern Nevada (HELP) at (702) 795-0575 or visit the program website HERE.

Photo from the Governor's Office

During the event, the Governor met with Lupita Donoho, an 86-year-old widow, and Gladys Velez, 80. Lupita has been in Las Vegas for 67 years and her heat stopped working right before Thanksgiving 2021.  She was eventually referred to HELP of Southern Nevada. An eligibility specialist came out to do paperwork and marked the file as an emergency. They gave her a new unit, fixed her kitchen door, gave her a new refrigerator and more.

Gladys has lived in Las Vegas for more than 20 years with her husband, Juan. They are originally from Colombia and moved to Nevada from Florida. In 2017, the couple had previously used the weatherization program for their air conditioner, after a friend told them about the program.  During the holiday season, their water heater went out. Juan had just had surgery and they are on fixed incomes, so replacing it was not something they could afford. Gladys shared her story in Spanish, with the help of a translator.