Carson City, Nev. – Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA) Announced today that it has acquired additional territory as part of its Weatherization Assistance Program. With the acquisition comes a team of three, highly skilled individuals in both Weatherization and home repair. This team will join the northern Nevada Weatherization team and form the newly expanded Weatherization and Home Repair Department at NRHA.
The NRHA Weatherization and Home Repair Department works to help ensure safe, healthy, energy-efficient homes for low-income households. The department performs audits for qualifying individuals in single-family, multi-family and manufactured housing, and then arranges for services to be provided or contracted based on the audit. The assistance is provided to eligible clients free of charge.
A sample summary of a Weatherization audit includes:
– Diagnostic testing of heating systems for energy efficiency and health and safety.
– Diagnostic testing of cooking appliance for health and safety.
– Diagnostic testing of water heater for health and safety and energy efficiency.
– Testing of refrigerator for energy efficiency.
– Check of insulation levels to meet minimum standards.
– Pressure diagnostics testing of home for energy efficiency and health and safety.
To qualify for Weatherization and Home Repair assistance, households must meet income limits. For limits, application instructions and general program information, visit NVRural.org/weatherization.
The Weatherization Assistance Program is administered by the Nevada Housing Division. NRHA has been a subgrantee since 2008 and serves Carson, Churchill, Lyon, Douglas and Storey Counties, and, based on the recent acquisition, in North Las Vegas and Northern Rural Clark County. The Program is funded primarily from the Fund for Energy Assistance and Conservation (FEAC) in Nevada, which was established through the passage of AB661 during the 2001 Legislative Session. Other funding is available through the U.S. Department of Energy, the Housing Division’s Low Income Housing Trust Fund (LIHTF), the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) and other private sector companies. For a full list of all subgrantees, their respective service areas and contact information, visit NVRural.org/weatherization.
Meet the NRHA Weatherization and Home Repair Team:
Ron Evans, Director of NRHA Weatherization and Home Repair
Evans manages the Weatherization and Home Repair team and operations for NRHA. He has more than 30 years of experience in all areas of building trades. His credentials list is extensive, and includes an MBA, General Contractors License, OSHA Instructors License, Building Performance Institute Energy Auditor License and Energy Auditors License from the Nevada Real Estate Division. Currently, he serves on the Board of Directors for Operation Homefront Nevada, and has received the President of the United States President’s Volunteer Service Award.
Stacy Thornton, Manager
Thornton has worked in Weatherization for 10 years, focused on program administration. She also brings expertise in grant management and contractor review processes. She has a bachelor’s degree in business management and is pursuing her master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analytics.
Salvador “Sonny” Martinez, Inspector
Martinez performs energy audits in North Las Vegas and the rural parts of Clark County. His background is in building analytics, manufactured housing development and Weatherization. He is also qualified to perform assessments for a variety of funding sources utilizing REM Design and Wxpro.
Frank Phillips, Inspector
Phillips joined NRHA in 2016, and has a diverse background in building, warehouse management and logistics. He performs energy audits across northern Nevada with a keen focus on maximizing grant funding to assist as many Nevadans as possible.
About the Nevada Rural Housing Authority (NRHA)
Nevada Rural Housing Authority’s mission is to promote, provide and finance affordable housing opportunities for all rural Nevadans. NRHA does this through homeownership programs, rental services, community development initiatives and an exclusive Weatherization program. The Authority serves Nevada’s 15 rural counties and the rural portions of Clark and Washoe Counties – a coverage area of 110,000 square miles and home to more than 1.3 million Nevadans. For more information, visit www.nvrural.org.