One million low-income households have benefited from the federal Weatherization Assistance Program's (WAP) Recovery Act funding, with a total of 7.4 million homes weatherized since the program's inception 35 years ago. The benefits from this federal investment have been both immediate and long-lasting: housing made more affordable and more comfortable, as well as lessening of the carbon footprint through energy retrofits and the creation of new skilled jobs. The Environmental and Energy Study Institute (EESI) and the National Association for State Community Services Programs (NASCSP) organized a briefing hosted in coordination with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition that discussed what has made this program such a success story, and what policies will ensure that WAP can continue to help low-income families save money, improve America's energy security, and create skilled jobs that cannot be outsourced.

Speakers for this forum were:

-Mark Wolfe, Executive Director, Energy Programs Consortium; State and Local Energy Report

-David Hepinstall, Executive Director, Association for Energy Affordability

-John Joseph, Ph.D., Principal, JAI Software; Professor of Economics, Thomas College

-Richard W. Caperton, Director of Clean Energy Investment, Center for American Progress Action Fund

-Brad Penney, General Counsel, Advocates for The Other America

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