During this difficult time that no one could have ever predicted, we’ve all been doing the best we can just to get by. The coronavirus pandemic has affected every aspect of our lives: from the way we interact with others (or don’t) to our jobs, schools, travel, to the way we get basic necessities like food and toilet paper.
One way we have been able to help is by providing $239,000 in grant funding to 14 local nonprofit organizations to support affordable housing in the Pikes Peak region. While this funding was planned for long before the coronavirus crisis hit, the timing couldn’t be better.
Our Utilities Board’s directive states: “Allocate 100 percent of Community Focus Fund grant dollars to nonprofit organizations in support of affordable housing, transitional housing and shelter facilities’ utilities-centric projects and programs.”
This money will be used to fund projects like efficiency upgrades in low-income seniors' homes, allowing them to remain in their affordable housing residences. Money will go toward installing weather stripping, caulking, LED’s, smart thermostats, low-flow shower heads and water heater blankets. Other upgrades include the purchase and installation of efficient water tanks and energy-efficient furnaces.
These small, yet important changes, will not only reduce residents’ heating and water bills; it will also put less strain on our systems that deliver these vital services to customers. It is truly a win-win.
It’s times like these that make me so proud to be a Colorado Springs Utilities employee. I love working for an organization that is dedicated to giving back to the community and helping those who need it most right now. If you would like more information about how we give back to the community, check out our volunteering web page.