EnergyFIT Gentrification without Displacement

EnergyFIT Philly Gentrification Without Displacement

BY Liz Robinson

January 24, 2017

Low income weatherization providers nationally face a dilemma. Too often, the highest-use households do not qualify for existing programs, because their homes need extensive repairs that must be done before the roof can be insulated or the home can be air sealed. Thus low-income households, who need energy conservation the most, are often turned away. The Energy Coordinating Agency (ECA), a Philadelphia-based nonprofit, had been rejecting too many low-income households for too long, and finally decided to develop an innovative solution to this problem—a solution capable of producing a deep energy retrofit, and a healthy home.

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