Devon & Cornwall Housing Association

Project Summary:

Devon and Cornwall Housing Association are requesting funding for their Plymouth Warm Start Project. The Project aims to alleviate fuel poverty as a Quality of Life survey undertaken by the Housing Association in 2006/7 found that some households where paying as much as 35% of their disposable income on energy during the winter months. The Project will provide a holistic energy efficiency service ranging from installing energy efficiency/renewable energy measures, to advice on how to use a heating system correctly, and help to apply for energy efficiency measure grants. Warm Start will also help maximise tenants incomes by referring them to Devon Pound for benefit and budgeting advice. The target group for this project are new, existing tenants and young people in supported accommodation, in all cases priority will be given to families with young children. The project will run for 1 year and employ a full time worker.

Expected Number of Individuals: 38,400

Expected Number of Households:16,000

Trustees Meeting: December 2007

Funding Amount Approved: £42,250

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