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Page 12 Catholic CharitiesX Steve Dille Adoption Service Mi.neso,.S,a,eSenator orientation Weatherizing your home Catholic Charities Adoption program is having an adoption orientation from 7 to 8:30 p.m. July 8. The meeting will be held at the CathoLic Charities build- ing located at 157 Roosevelt Road, St. Cloud. The orientation is free of charge and the first step in the adoption process. At the orientation the Min- nesota adoption guidelines will be discussed along with domes- tic and international adoption, infant, special needs and older child adoptions, fees, wait times, length and description of process, and question/answer time. Catholic Charities has been licensed by the state of Minne- sota as a child-placing agency since 1925. Thousands of children, mothers, fathers, and adoptive families have been served over the years. Please RSVP by calling (320) 650-1666 or e-mail . More information is available at . Catholic Charities is a nonprofit organization that advances the charitable and social mission of the Diocese of St. Cloud. It builds communities, promotes fam- ily life, and enhances human dig- nity by providing quality services to meet the physical, social, emo- tional and spiritual needs of indi- viduals and families of all faiths and beliefs. ~r~E~lrlflt lrlr11111'1 ~l-~r Thursday, June 18, 2009 ~v~~~61"e7 ,, imball, MN the cost of.home energy by an esti- mated percent. Correcting health and safety hazards and potentially life- threatening conditions is the first consideration in WAP activities. You are eligible if your house- hold has one or more members that have received TANF (Tempo- rary Assistance for Needy Fami- lies) or SSIC (Supplemental Secu- rity Income) within the last 12 months. Households also eligible are those who are at or below 200 percent of the federal poverty level - about $44,000 per year for a fam- ily of four - and all homeowners and renters who are income eli- gible for Energy Assistance Pro-~ grams (EAP) are eligible for WAP. Priority is given to households with at least one elderly or dis- abled member and to customers with the highest heating costs. Some of the services available are participanteducation, energy audits to evaluate your home's energy usage, exterior wall and attic insulation, weather strip- ping, window replacement, and repair and/or replacement of home mechanical systems to ensure effi- ciency and safety. Property and homeowners who meet income eligibility require- ments, low income rental units, and homeless shelters are targeted and encouraged to seek assistance information through Minnesota Office of Energy Security at (800) 657-3710 (MN only), (651) 296- 5175, or . This should spawn jobs as peo- ple are going to be needed both as energy auditors and as contractors who are hired todo the work of the weatherization. Of the total $196.8 million, just over $54 million will be spent on a state energy program. Funding for programs in this category include such things as: • $15 million used to fund How the 2009 Energy Stimulus Bill can help One of the very good things to come out of the 2009 Legisla- tive Session was the Energy Stim- ulus Bill. I was fortunate enough to serve on the conference com- mittee that drew up the final lan- guage of the bill and wanted to fell you about some of the ways it might benefit you. Essentially, this bill provides direction for the use of federal stimulus moneythe state is accept- ing for energy programs through- out Minnesota. The money will be administered through the Min- nesota Office of Energy Security which is a division of the Minne- sota Department of Commerce. Minnesota will receive $196.8 million for Weatherizatioh Assis- tance Programs (WAP), State Energy Programs, and Conser- vation Block Programs from the American Recovery and Reinvest, ment Act of 2009 from the federal government. While much of this money will be spent on making government buildings and public schools more energy efficient, a large compo- nent of this piton is focused on indi- vidual residential efficiency. Almost $132 million is allocated to weatherization efforts for hous- ing structures. Of this amount, $1.25 million is designated for par- ticipation outreach activities and for training and workforce devel- opment. In addition the bill directs the Minnesota Commissioner of Commerce to seek authority from the U.S. Department of Energy to use money for weatherization services for abandoned and fore- closed homes and residential properties acquired and rehabili- tated through the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The Weatherization Assistance Program, or WAP, uses energy conservation techniques to reduce energy-efficient low income resi- dential loans using the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency. • $10 million for a school dis- trict and local government renew- able energy grant program. • $100,000 for a grant to the city of Kennedy for the energy con- version of a former school build- ing to utilize geothermal, wind, and solar energy and house the Go Green Business Center. • $1.5 million for a residential efficiency program for the city of Duluth. • $25.0,000 for grants to qualify- ing renewable electric generation facilities. • $7 million for grants to local government units and the St. Paul Port Authority, for use in develop- ing and implementing a program to provide for the design, financ- ing, and installation of energy effi- ciency improvements in commer- cial and industrial facilities. • $13 million for local govern- ment and school district build- ing renovations, and state govern- ment buildings. • $7 million for grants to increase the installation of solar energy projects in Minnesota. Of this amount, at least $3 million must be used for solar projects in the proposed light rail central corridor and nearby low-income neighborhoods. It also provides that contracts, grants, loans, or other assistance awarded for solar photovoltaic installation proj- ects require payment of state pre- vailing wages and installation by licensed electrical contractors. • $1 million for a grant to Clean Energy Resour6e Teams to develop and conduct a statewide door-to- door campaign to identify two percent of homeowners to imple- ment energy efficiency and renew- able energy projects. • $822,000 for grants for projects that will evaluate energy-saving equipment, apply research, and develop energy-efficiency testing that will help Minnesota reach its renewable energy and energy sav- ings goals. Lastly, energy block grants make up $10.6 million of the total $196.8 million and will be divided between $6.4 million for a compet- itive grant program for local units of government not otherwise eligi- ble for energy efficiency and con- servation block grant funds, and $4.2 million for a school district and local government renewable energy grant program. The net effect of this money should serve two purposes. To enhance our overall states energy efficiency and to create jobs for the people it will take to get this work done and administer these pro- grams. I am very pleased at the work my colleagues and I. were able to accomplish in outlining a plan to get this stimulus money to work in our state as fast and efficiently as possible and am confident we will begin to see positive effects from it before the end of the year. If you would like to contact me you can do so by calling (651)- 296-4131, by sending an e-mail to , or by sending mail to my Senate Office at 103 State Office Building, 100 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., St. Paul, MN 55155. R lie erner ,, ell E II [ m our 14311 55TM St, NW Annandale, MN 20+Years in VCell and Pump Service Call "Roilie" 320-274-3856 Ce11320-980-1212 KIMBALL CHIROPRACTIC (320) 398-7900. 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